The Real Risk of Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Although the majority of motorcyclists are safe and careful drivers, more than 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents cause either injury or death to the rider. And while many of these crashes are caused by the negligence of another driver, there is still a misconception in the minds of many that motorcyclists are risk-taking and dangerous drivers so therefore they must have somehow been at fault for the crash. This is why any victim of a motorcycle crash should consult with a Virginia injury attorney for legal assistance in pursuing an accident claim.

What Are the Reasons Motorcyclists Are at Higher Risk Than Other Vehicle Drivers?

One of the most attractive things about riding a motorcycle – the freedom of the open air and open road – is also one of the most dangerous. Unlike a car or a truck, a motorcycle provides no protective barrier between the rider and the vehicle that hits them. In addition, that impact often results in the motorcyclists being ejected off the bike and slammed into the pavement or other objects. Vehicle occupants not only have that barrier to provide a buffer from the crash impact, but they also have seatbelts that help keep them from being ejected or flung about in a crash.

Another significant risk with driving a motorcycle compared to driving a car or other vehicle is that motorcycles are often unseen by vehicle drivers. This is why there are so many motorcycle accidents caused by a vehicle sideswiping a motorcycle when moving into the same lane because the driver did not see the bike. There are also a major number of motorcycle accidents that happen at intersections where a vehicle driver is turning left and fails to yield the right of way to the oncoming motorcycle and crashes into it.

Injuries Commonly Suffered in Motorcycle Accidents

When a person gets into their car or truck, there is no special clothing or other gear they need to wear in order to stay safe. That is not the case for people who ride motorcycles. Every rider should wear a DOT-certified helmet in order to decrease the risk of brain injury or death in the event of a crash. Riders should also wear jackets and pants (or chaps) constructed in material that is geared towards riding protection, such as leather, as well as gloves and eye protection if their helmet does not have a face shield attached.

Although helmets and other riding gear do decrease the risk of injury, they do not prevent it and riders are still at risk of suffering any of the following injuries in a crash:

  • Brain injury
  • Broken jawbone
  • Burns
  • Contusions
  • Crushed, fractured, or shattered bones of the torso and limbs
  • Destruction of teeth
  • Fractured facial bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Road rash
  • Spinal cord injury

Contact a Skilled Va. Injury Attorney Today

The devastating injuries that many motorcycle accident victims suffer often mean more complex personal injury claims that require the assistance of a skilled Virginia motorcycle accident attorney. Our accident attorneys understand that the injuries motorcycle accident victims sustain often leave them with permanent disabilities that not only create physical limitations but also result in significant financial losses.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident this year, it is critical not to delay contacting the legal team at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn because Virginia injury laws have strict rules regarding how long you have to file your accident claim. If the statute of limitations expires, you will be unable to collect financial damages for any medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, or any other losses you or your family may be entitled to.

Our Va. Accident attorneys have successfully advocated for many motorcycle accident clients and have obtained the financial damages they deserved for the injuries they sustained. We also offer a free motorcycle injury guide which offers information that you may find helpful.



Eric K. Washburn
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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia