The safe operation of a motorcycle requires skills and coordination that someone who has never ridden one probably would not understand. Most motorcycle riders are not the thrill seekers that other motorists may think, but that public perception and bias against them creates a disadvantage for riders injured in collisions with other vehicles.
If you have been injured in a collision while riding a motorcycle, speak with a Durham NC motorcycle accident lawyer from the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, for trusted and knowledgeable advice and guidance from someone with years of experience building the strongest case possible for maximum compensation for victims of motorcycle crashes and their families.
According to the most currently available crash data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, there were 176 fatalities and 2,806 injuries in the 3,566 crashes involving at least one motorcycle occurring in a single year. A good way to appreciate the violent nature of a motorcycle crash is to consider that the 176 fatalities represent almost 5% of the motorcycle collisions occurring during that year, but fatalities attributable to passenger car crashes in NC during that same year were only 0.3%.
Motorcycle crashes tend to be violent occurrences frequently resulting in the rider and passenger being thrown from the motorcycle. Not only are they exposed to injuries caused by the initial impact with another vehicle, but they risk suffering additional injuries caused by being thrown to the pavement or into other objects, such as guardrails, signposts and light poles. It also exposes them to being struck by other vehicles not involved in the initial collision.
Motorcycles lack the safety features and crashworthiness that protect occupants of cars, trucks and SUVs during a collision. Instead of a steel frame, seatbelts and airbags protecting them, motorcycle riders have little to protect their body from the force of being struck by a much larger and heavier vehicle.
Some of the common injuries suffered by motorcycle operators and their passengers include the following:
Riders and their passengers in North Carolina must wear a helmet when riding on a motorcycle in the state. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing an approved helmet can reduce fatalities and head injuries in a motorcycle accident.
Be assured that an attorney from our motorcycle accident law firm Durham NC will aggressively investigate your accident, gather the evidence needed to prove another party was at fault, and work with your health care professionals to build the strongest case possible for maximum compensation for your injuries. Some of the damages we seek to recover on your behalf include the following:
We are committed to fighting to make the parties at fault in causing your motorcycle accident to pay the maximum compensation you deserve.
Motorcycles provide an enjoyable way to see the scenic beauty that makes the Durham area such a great place to live, work or visit, but if an accident happens, be assured that a Durham motorcycle accident lawyer from the Clauson Law Firm, PLLC, is available for a free consultation and claim evaluation. When you need a motorcycle accident law firm Durham NC that you can trust, call us at 833-680-0177 or use the contact us form on our website.