Motorcycle Rider Injuries
A San Bernardino Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Provides Insight
Have you been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident? If you were involved in a collision in the San Bernardino area and are looking for competent legal counsel, look no further than a
personal injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group. Our firm handles motorcycle accident claims and lawsuits for riders in Southern California, protecting our clients' rights and interests as we seek financial compensation to help them rebuild their bikes and their lives. Because motorcyclists are at such a high risk of injury in traffic accidents, we believe that strong legal representation is crucial in securing a fair settlement or award.
Unlike drivers and passengers in cars,
trucks, SUVs and other vehicles, motorcycle riders must do without the protection of a metal frame, seat belt and airbag. This adds to the freedom and thrill that come with riding, but also leaves a rider more vulnerable to injury. Motorcyclists may experience catastrophic or even fatal injuries in collisions with other vehicles or if they lose control and are thrown from their bikes. Some potential motorcyclist injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Road rash from contact with the asphalt or pavement
- Crush injuries
- Amputation or loss of limb
- Burn injuries
- Neck and other soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Scarring or disfigurement
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show clearly just how much more at risk motorcyclists are in traffic accidents than occupants of other vehicles. Per vehicle mile traveled in 2011, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents and 5 times more likely to be injured than passenger car occupants. While motorcycles made up only 3% of registered vehicles in the United States and accounted for a mere 0.6% of vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists comprised 14% of traffic fatalities and 4% of injuries.
Looking for help after a San Bernardino motorcycle accident?
In California, riders of all ages are required to wear helmets, which the NHTSA estimates to be about 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists. Riders can also reduce their chances of serious injury by wearing other protective gear, including jackets and pants made of leather or other strong material, as well as boots and gloves. Even with a helmet and other protective gear, however, a rider may still experience severe physical injuries. These can lead to hospitalization, surgery, physical therapy, ongoing treatment and other medical care.
Dealing with the medical expenses associated with a motorcycle accident is in itself a potentially overwhelming task. Now imagine also facing extensive damage to your bike and difficulty paying your normal bills because you are missing work. The pursuit of financial compensation can make all the difference as you work on rebuilding your life, and this is where a San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney can help.
In pursuing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against the driver or other party responsible for causing your accident, a skilled attorney can seek a fair settlement or award that will actually cover all of your expenses, injuries and losses. You may be entitled to compensation not only for economic damages like medical care and lost earnings but non-economic damages like emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering. To learn more, call a legal professional at our firm for a free case review. You do not have to face an uncertain future because of your injuries. Allow a motorcycle injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group to seek justice on your behalf.