Motorcycles enjoy immense popularity as a fast, exciting, and inexpensive way to travel in and around Oregon. But without a car’s safety features such as seat belts, air bags, and safety design, motorcycles pose serious risks of fatal and severe injuries to riders in a road crash.
Growing Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
2014 data obtained at the Oregon Department of Transportation indicate that 44 people were killed and 940 were injured in motorcycle accidents. In 2015, the number of motorcycle fatalities grew to 60. And as of July this year, 31 people have already died in motorcycle accidents, mirroring a similar rise in motorcycle fatalities in the previous year.
State police associate the rising trend in motorcycle crashes to the improving economy as cheaper fuel prices encourage more people to use the motorcycle as their main mode of transportation. An estimated 8.4 million motorcycles were registered in Oregon in 2014. With the growing number of motorcycles on Oregon roads, the number of motorcycle accidents is likely to remain the same or increase.
In 2015, 13.4% of Oregon traffic fatalities were on motorcycles. Absent the protective features of ordinary sedans, motorcycle riders are vulnerable to injuries particularly when involved in collisions with other motor vehicles. Riders who survive motorcycle accidents often suffer severe injuries that can scar them for life and permanently change their way of life.
Broken bones, fractures, severe head injury, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other serious physical injuries are some of the common injuries affecting victims of motorcycle accidents. Multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatments, and long periods of confinement are often necessary for survivors of motorcycle accidents to completely heal their wounds and recover.
Claiming Compensation for Injuries
If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, at the very least you deserve to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about any potential liability for the loss of your loved one. Your attorney can examine the details of the accident, determine the cause of the accident, and provide important information about your rights under the situation. If your attorney determines that the accident was due to the fault or negligence of another party, you may also have a claim for compensation against them.
In Portland, Oregon, the law offices of Dwyer Williams Dretke Attorney PC have proven experience in motorcycle accidents and have helped clients recover compensation that they legally deserve. Call us today at (541) 617-0555 to arrange a complimentary case evaluation.