Leonardtown Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Help Your Claim Succeed
For many motorcycle enthusiasts, riding is the ultimate thrill, providing a sense of freedom and release that is difficult to find elsewhere. And when undertaken the right way, motorcycling can provide a lifelong hobby. As with all modes of transportation, however, motorcycling is inherently dangerous, and motorcyclists face more risks than drivers of ordinary passenger vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are roughly 28 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles. Below, we will highlight some of the unique dangers of motorcycle accidents. For more information about any topic herein, please contact a Leonardtown motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcyclists in Maryland Face Unique Dangers
Motorcyclists face a higher risk of injury and death than drivers of other vehicles because motorcycles provide none of the safety features of ordinary passenger vehicles. Safety equipment for motorcyclists is limited mainly to a helmet, boots, and protective clothing; there are no seatbelts, airbags, windshields, crumple zones, or any of the other safety features that come standard on passenger vehicles. As such, motorcyclists are exposed to the outside world to a much higher degree than occupants of other types of vehicles.
Some of the most serious injuries that motorcyclists face include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, the force of the impact often throws the riders from their bikes, causing their heads to strike the pavement or any other object nearby. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of TBIs, but cannot eliminate it completely.
- Limb injuries: Motorcyclists’ arms and legs, as well as their feet and hands, are completely exposed to the elements around them. During crashes, their arms and legs can strike nearby objects or even be crushed by the weight of the motorcycle if it falls on them.
- Spinal cord injury: Spinal cord injuries arise most often when the spinal cord is struck by a strong blow or pierced by an outside object, both of which often occur during motorcycle accidents
- Burns and road rash: Motorcyclists face risks of burns on several fronts, including burns from their motorcycles’ exhaust pipes, chemical burns from batteries, and burns as a result of accident fires. They also face the risk of “road rash” — a burn-like injury that occurs when human flesh is scraped across asphalt or other paving materials at high speeds.
- Cuts, scrapes, bruises, and lacerations: Motorcyclists’ exposed skin puts them at higher risk of suffering dermatological injuries in accidents
While anyone can suffer these types of injuries in a car accident — even occupants of the safest passenger vehicles — motorcyclists face a much higher risk of dying from them.
If You’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident, Please Contact a Leonardtown Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you or someone you loved has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident that was the result of negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. For more information, please contact a Leonardtown motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles by calling 301-475-0101 or filling out our online form.