Serious Injuries Caused by Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents in Miami and across South Florida cause catastrophic injuries each year. These accidents cause serious head injuries, soft tissue damage, fractures, spinal cord injuries, and other serious injuries. In some cases, motorcyclists are killed or suffer permanent injury after motorcycle accidents in Miami and other Florida communities. Most experts agree that motorcyclists are more vulnerable to serious injuries when compared with passenger car motorists. Motorcycles simply have fewer barriers and safety devices to protect motorcyclists from serious injury. When motorcyclists collide with another vehicle or an inanimate object, they may be violently thrown from their motorcycle or crushed by a larger vehicle.
If you have sustained a serious injury in a motorcycle accident in Miami or anywhere in South Florida, contact a local personal injury attorney, such as the Flaxman Law Group. Charles Flaxman of the Flaxman Law Group worked in the insurance industry for ten years before devoting his life to helping accident victims. He knows firsthand the policies that insurance companies use to resolve claims quickly and inexpensively. As a powerful advocate on your side, he can negotiate with insurance carriers on your behalf and can help you understand how much your case may be worth.Serious Injuries are Common in Motorcycle Accidents
According to the Government Accountability Office, 4,502 motorcyclists were killed and another 82,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2010. Average costs for fatal accidents was $1.2 million while injury costs ranged widely – from $2,500 to $1.4 million. Direct costs from these accidents was a total of $16 billion in 2010. There was also more bad news for motorcyclists in the report: according to the Government Accountability Office, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to sustain fatal injuries in car accidents when compared with occupants in other types of vehicles, such as passenger cars. The same source found that motorcyclists without helmets were most at risk, with a 43 percent greater chance of sustaining “incapacitating” injuries and three times the chance of sustaining fatal injuries when compared with motorcyclists who wore helmets.Preventing and Dealing with Injuries After a Motorcycle Accident
Most experts agree that wearing a helmet is one of the most important factors in surviving a motorcycle accident – and reducing the risk of injuries. According to the Florida Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Office, in 2010 alone 37% of motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were not wearing a helmet at the time of their accident. Between 2007 and 2010, 29% of motorcycle accident fatalities involved head injuries, and most experts agree that a helmet significantly reduces the risk of head injury in the event of a crash.
If you have been injured, it is important to get quality medical help as quickly as possible in order to enjoy the best chance for recovery. Since the cost of medical care can be expensive, it is also important to consider all insurance and legal options before making any decisions in your case.
The compassionate and caring legal team at the Flaxman Law has worked with victims and traffic accident survivors from all walks of life. The Flaxman Law Group legal team is pleased to be able to offer free, no obligation consultations to all new clients. This consultation allows you to get your questions answered and helps you see how the Flaxman Law Group legal team may be able to help you.