Motorcycle accidents caused 4,462 — or 13% of — traffic fatalities in 2009, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, personal injuries were suffered by a whopping 90,000 riders involved in motorcycle accidents that same year.
It’s common knowledge inside the motorcycle community that passenger vehicle drivers generally don’t look out for their two-wheeled counterparts. However, there are additional statistics in the NHTSA study that do not bode well for the defense of the rider who becomes a motorcycle accident victim. Study statistics show motorcycle accidents involved riders speeding, not wearing helmets, driving with invalid licenses and/or with blood alcohol levels higher than the legal limit more often than in accidents involving drivers of other types of vehicles.
Crashworthiness and Motorcycle Accidents
Part of the attraction riders have to motorcycles is the exhilarating air of danger. It takes skill to drive one, and crashing one means almost certain serious injury to the rider and passenger. For risk-takers, riding a bike is quite a thrill! Department of Transportation certified helmets help protect against serious or fatal accident repercussions like a brain injury, but what happens to the rest of the rider’s body during a motorcycle accident is up to fortune as much as anything else. That being the case, any rider who survives an accident caused by another driver’s negligence deserves fair treatment by the insurance company.
Building a Case on the Side of the Rider
Neither risk nor crash statistics should devalue a solid claim for a rider after a motorcycle accident. The insurance company will want to prove the rider was entirely at fault for his or her own injury, but Jay and Brent of The McMahan Law Firm already know what the greedy insurance companies have up their sleeve.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident in Chattanooga, TN, look over our auto accident checklist. Then contact us right away so we can monitor the accident investigation and ensure proper medical care for the accident victim as we build your case. If the motorcycle accident resulted in a fatality, we can consult with family and loved ones to determine what should be the next step.
The McMahan Law Firm prides itself on being experienced Chattanooga, TN, motorcycle accident lawyers serving Chattanooga, Red Bank, and surrounding communities. Our firm has been serving East Tennessee since 1995 and handles cases such as auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and social security disability. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 423-265-1100 or complete our inquiry contact form.