NJ & MA Experienced, Understanding Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while motorcycles account for just three percent of registered vehicles in the U.S., thirteen percent of all fatal vehicle accidents involve motorcycle riders. In addition to fatalities, roughly 80,000 riders suffer accident-related injuries annually. This means that, each year, approximately one out of every 100 motorcycle riders will be injured in an accident.
Mike Bottaro and the experienced legal team at Bottaro Law Firm provide vigorous representation for accident victims in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, we can help you take on the insurance companies and pursue just compensation for your losses. We handle cases involving all types of injuries, including the following.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Leg and Foot Injuries
Leg and foot injuries, including broken bones, ankle sprains and strains, and severe cuts and bruises, are some of the most common injuries in motorcycle accidents. For many riders, a safe helmet and protective jacket are a must, but some riders will skimp on protective gear for the lower half of their body. With lowside falls in particular – where a rider’s leg can get trapped under their bike –leg and feet are prone to suffering severe trauma that can lead to long-term or permanent complications.
Arm and Hand Injuries
While protective jackets and gloves can help provide protection from road rash, in a high-speed or high-impact collision they will do little to protect your arms and hands from serious injuries. Broken bones are exceedingly common in motorcycle accidents, as are dislocations, muscle ruptures, tendon injuries, and ligament damage.
Head and Neck Injuries
According to studies, head and neck trauma account for nearly a quarter of all motorcycle accident injuries. Think about that: Nearly one in four riders involved in an accident suffers a head or neck injury, even when wearing a helmet. These include traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, skull fractures, and facial damage. It is perhaps no surprise that head and neck injuries are also the most likely to be fatal.
Back injuries can also be extremely dangerous. Our spinal cords are fragile, and it does not take much to cause a serious injury. As a result, many riders find themselves facing severe complications – up to and including paralysis – when they are thrown from their bikes.
Organ Damage and Internal Injuries
Along with spinal cord damage, collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, and other forms of organ damage and internal injuries often require emergency medical care.
Road rash refers to abrasions sustained from sliding on asphalt or concrete after losing control of your motorcycle. In many cases, riders suffer severe road rash and deep lacerations that require surgery, months of medical treatment, and physical therapy.
Tips for Avoiding Motorcycle Accident Injuries
While some accidents are going to be unavoidable, there are certain steps motorcycle riders can take to help reduce their chances of being seriously injured in a collision. Before your next ride, consider these tips:
- Follow the “ATGATT” mantra: All The Gear, All The Time.
- Check your lights, tire pressure, oil, chain, and brakes before you hit the road.
- Familiarize yourself with the types of motorcycle accidents.
- Learn about common causes of motorcycle accidents.
- Map your route and check traffic and weather conditions so you know what to expect on your trip.
Schedule a Free Motorcycle Accident Consultation Today
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, we strongly recommend that you seek medical attention. Even if you initially feel fine, internal injuries do not always have immediate external symptoms. It is important to get checked out and make sure that you have nothing to worry about. If you need a recommendation for a doctor, we can help.
To speak with someone about your motorcycle accident, call (866) 529-9700 or contact Bottaro Law Firm online today. The consultation is free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.