Serious Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Every year, thousands upon thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend upon South Carolina for annual motorcycle rallies. These rallies provide a form of fun and fellowship for motorcycle riders, as well as increases in revenue for our state. However, with an increase in motorcycle riders comes an increase in motorcycle injuries. For riders who have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the injuries suffered can be severe and require long term recuperation. Often times, these riders are the lucky ones, as fatality rates as a result of motorcycle accidents are alarmingly high.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Injuries due to motorcycle accidents are all too common. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA), more than 80% of all reported motorcycle crashes result in serious injury or death to the motorcyclist. Motorcycles themselves provide little protection for the rider, and being ejected from a motorcycle during a crash is a frequent cause of injury.
Motorcycle accidents are often the result of several factors. Riders may have a lack of experience in riding a motorcycle, or fail to appreciate the inherent qualities of a motorcycle, such as balance, speed, and performance on slippery surfaces. Alcohol is often another contributing cause of motorcycling accidents. Unfortunately, one of the greatest risks a motorcyclist may face on the road is other drivers. Motorcyclists, in particular, need to practice defensive driving skills. Cars, as well as other motorcyclists, present hazards. Motorcycle enthusiasts need to be particularly careful at intersections, which is where most collisions occur. Roughly 1/3 of all motorcycle accidents are due to cars turning in front of motorcyclists. To avoid being injured – or worse, becoming a fatality – motorcycles riders need to be aware of their own visibility, as well as always being aware of what is happening around them.
Injuries Resulting From Motorcycle Accidents
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often severe, and even life-threatening. Head and brain injuries are common, especially in states such as South Carolina where helmet laws are relaxed. Spinal cord injuries are another common result of motorcycle accidents, resulting in a host of very serious and life changing problems, including partial or full paralysis. Fractures bones, contusions, back injuries, and injuries to lower extremities are also common injuries related to motorcycle crashes.
Motorcycle enthusiasts can protect themselves in the event of an accident by taking a few safety precautions. Despite the fact that South Carolina doesn’t require helmets for riders over the age of 21, it’s still a good idea to wear one. A motorcycle helmet can be a central force in protecting yourself against serious, potentially fatal brain and head injuries. Protective clothing, such as wearing motorcycle boots and clothes that adequately cover and protect arms and legs, can go a long way in preventing painful road rash when involved in accidents.
Here’s another important precaution: don’t drive drunk. In addition to being against the law, according to the NHTSA, it is one of the leading causes of fatalities in motorcycle accidents.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury as a result of a motorcycle accident, call Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina motorcycle attorney will sit down with you and review your case. We can help you get damages for the pain and suffering caused by a motorcycle accident, as well as help you to receive compensation for lost wages. Motorcycle injuries can be life changing, and it’s important to speak with someone who will be on your side. Contact our office today to set up an appointment.