Know These Facts to Avoid Injuries from a Motorcycle Accident

  • Jan 13 2016
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

motorcycle accident, motorcycle safety, accident injury lawyers san diegoEducate yourself about how to avoid injury from a motorcycle accident, and what effects can be seen if a motorcycle accident results in brain injury.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the federal government estimates that per mile traveled in 2012, the number of deaths on motorcycles was more than 26 times the number in cars. Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13% of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2013.

San Diego has an excellent climate most of the year for motorcyclists to enjoy riding around on their favorite means of transportation.  Given the long riding season in this city, along with the traffic, there are undoubtedly a number of accidents every year that involve motorcycles.  Because of this, a motorcyclist is always at risk of being involved in an accident and could suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  There is no way to totally prevent motorcycle injuries since they are inherent to the sport.  However, with the proper knowledge and use of defensive driving, the risk of a motorcycle related injury can be greatly reduced.

How Can I Lower the Risk of Injury While Riding a Motorcycle?

The single best way to prevent a traumatic brain injury while riding a motorcycle is by always wearing a helmet.  The Journal of the American College of Surgeons have released statistics that show motorcyclists can reduce the risk of brain damage from an accident by over 85 %.

The best overall way to prevent any motorcycle accident is to take a motorcycle safety course, and then to utilize defensive driving.  Avoiding the accident all together is obviously the best way to avoid any injury from motorcycle accidents.  With all of the recent rain and flooding in the area, motorcycle riders must be especially wary of both objects and chemicals that may have flooded the roads, causing obstacles for driving.  Even if the water has receded in your area, the remaining debris could cause a deadly accident.

What Should I do if I’m Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

The effects of any motor vehicle accident can be devastating, but even more so on a motorcycle because so much of the impact is absorbed directly by the body.  In the event of any type of brain injury, the rider can suffer from long term emotional and social disabilities, along with the more obvious risk of irreparable physical damage.  Symptoms like seizures, memory loss, lack of coordination, depression, and anxiety can all be experienced in the event of a traumatic brain injury.  As a result, the treatment can be much more extensive and expensive than an accident that affects any other part of the body.

A motorcycle accident that causes injury can be both mentally and financially devastating.  You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you are receiving the compensation you deserve so that you can get the treatment you need.

Free Initial Consultation