MOTORCYCLIST INJURIES & DEATHS
Tampa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Millions of people are involved in traffic accidents in the United States each year. In 2012, for example, there were approximately 5.6 million police-reported collisions, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). About 2.3 million people were injured in these accidents, and 33,561 people were killed. Motorcyclist injuries and fatalities account for a small percentage of these fatalities and injuries - 15% of fatalities in 2012 - but not because motorcycle-involved collisions are less harmful than other traffic accidents. In fact, the opposite is true. Motorcyclists are at a dramatically increased chance of injury or death in a traffic collision.
If you are a motorcyclist who was injured in an accident or are the family member of a rider who lost his or her life in a collision, talk to a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer at Robert Sparks Attorneys about your right to compensation. These cases are often complicated and can be difficult to deal with due to the severity of injury and extent of property damage involved. With our experience in this field and our commitment to client service and the pursuit of justice, we can help you seek fair compensation to begin rebuilding.
Motorcyclists Face a High Injury & Fatality Risk in Collisions
Motorcyclists accounted for 14% of all traffic fatalities in 2011, and yet motorcycles accounted for only 3% of all registered vehicles in the U.S. and a mere 0.6% of vehicle miles traveled. Based on these numbers, motorcyclists were more than 30 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents than passenger car occupants. Motorcyclists were also 5 times more likely to be injured. There are fewer motorcycles than other types of vehicles on our roadways, and motorcyclists ride far fewer miles than cars, SUVs and light trucks, and yet they account for higher proportions of traffic injuries and fatalities.
Motorcyclists risk sustaining catastrophic injuries in collisions because they are relatively unprotected against the tremendous force of impact that may be applied to their bikes and their bodies. "Caged" vehicle occupants, such as those in cars or other automobiles, are protected by metal frames, airbags and seat belts. Riders are offered no such protection. Even with a helmet and other protective gear, like heavy boots, pants and a jacket, a motorcyclist may experience severe physical trauma. Motorcycle accidents may cause such injuries as:
- Road rash, caused by contact with asphalt/pavement;
- Broken bones;
- Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries;
- Facial injuries;
- Severe cuts and bruises;
- Spinal cord injury;
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding;
- Soft tissue injury;
- Joint injuries; and
- Amputation or loss of limb.
Helmets can help prevent fatal head injuries; the NHTSA estimates that helmets were 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcyclists in 2011. Florida motorcyclists over the age of 21 who carry at least $10,000 in insurance, however, may be exempt from wearing helmets. The best way to prevent serious or fatal injuries is to avoid being in an accident in the first place.
Seek Justice After a Tampa Motorcycle Accident
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident in the Tampa area, you should not hesitate in seeking legal counsel. Though minor auto accident cases are handled on a no-fault basis, if you suffered serious or permanent injury you may be able to take legal action and pursue financial compensation from the driver or other party that caused your accident. A motorcycle accident attorney at our firm can help you determine how to proceed and can handle every aspect of your case to pursue a just settlement or award – no matter the specific cause of your accident. Contact Robert Sparks Attorneys to find out more about how we can help you.
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