According to a survey taken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2006, roughly 13.10 cars out of every 100,000 will be involved in a fatal accident; the rate for motorcycles is 72.34 per 100,000. Motorcyclist deaths happen at a rate nearly 30 times greater than that of drivers in passenger vehicles, and with the summer months almost upon us it is extremely important that both drivers and riders stay attentive and safe while on the road.
Last week a Palatine man became one of the first motorcycle fatalities of the season after he collided with a car near the 200 block of North Wilke Road. Following the crash, which occurred just after dark last Wednesday, the 30-year-old was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, but was pronounced dead around 10:35 p.m. by medical personnel. The most unfortunate aspect of most of these motorcycle accidents is that they happen as a result of negligent or reckless actions by either a driver or the motorcyclists themselves. Reducing speeds, checking in blind spots, and operating our vehicles and motorcycles responsibly can help us avoid many of these accidents and the injuries that come with them altogether. (Chicago Tribune)
Injuries that our lawyers have dealt with in motorcycle car accident cases include:
• Concussions and Brain Damage-When a motorcyclist’s head violently hits a vehicle or other object during an accident, it can be devastating to the brain and cognitive function in general. This can affect anything from work to your ability to enjoy your time with your family.
• Neck and Spinal Cord Injury-Without any steel body to protect the rider, it is not uncommon for our lawyers to be contacted by clients who have experienced serious neck and spinal cord injuries. These accidents can leave victims physically handicapped and unable to do many tasks for work or pleasure.
• Breaking of Bones and Joints-This refers to the elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, wrists, fingers, etc. The most common types of injuries in this category are to the shoulders and the pelvis.
• Soft Tissue and Nerve Damage-When a victim slides across pavement, the skin and muscle tissue can be seriously damaged, especially in cases known as biker’s arm. This refers to instances when the nerves in the upper arm have been damaged as the result of a fall, causing permanent paralysis of arm movement. (NHTSA)
Any one of these injuries can drastically change the way you go about your everyday life. In instances where our clients have been injured due to the reckless or negligent actions of someone else on the road, our lawyers can be a valuable resource in fighting for your right to compensation. If you or someone you know is in need of personal injury counsel, feel free to call our office for a free consultation.