Statistically speaking, motorcycle accidents are the most deadly accidents which occur regularly on the open roads and highways in the United States today. Having declined slightly over the course of the first decade of the twenty-first century, serious motorcycle accidents are now back in full force; they are an astounding twenty-six times more likely than accidents involving traditional four-wheel vehicles. Across the state of Oregon, there are more than 1,000 serious motorcycle-related accidents per year; this averages out to more than three per day, with many of the victims suffering permanent and life-altering injuries as a result.
There are several reasons why a motorcycle accident is far more likely than an automobile accident.
- Impaired Drivers: Drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are far more likely to strike a motorcyclist than they are another, larger type of vehicle, due to the fact that they have a harder time noticing them. Similarly, distracted drivers are more likely than attentive and focused drivers to miss noticing a motorcyclist.
- Difficulty with Motorcycles: Motorcycles are much less stable and harder to use than a four-wheeled vehicle. As such, accidents are more frequent when they involve individuals who are inexperienced, who are themselves distracted or under the influence, or who are driving in inclement weather conditions, late at night, or otherwise during times or situations when it is typically deemed unsafe to operate a motorcycle.
In the event of an accident, a motorcyclist has very little around them to protect themselves from injury. Other than a helmet and some durable, heavy-duty clothing, there isn’t a lot to be done against such devastating potential complications as internal organ damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, full or partial paralysis, and other serious injuries. In particular, the probability of a traumatic brain injury, which a helmet only partly negates, can involve any number of devastating complications… such as a coma, permanent brain damage, loss of memory, a reduction in cognitive function, and a loss of skill or knowledge pertinent to one’s professional occupation.
Why You need a Lawyer That Specializes in Motorcycle Accidents
Don’t let the attorneys representing at-fault drivers boss you around. Don’t take less compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and prolonged suffering than that which you fully deserve. Let our experienced accident litigation legal team at Dwyer Williams Dretke fight to get you the settlement you deserve. You shouldn’t have to pay for medical bills, a new vehicle, and so much more that, without adequate legal counsel, will wind up falling entirely on your shoulders. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident involving another driver who is at fault, call the Medford, OR area offices of Dwyer Williams Dretke and LLP for your free consultation today, and get us in your corner; don’t take on the insurance companies alone!
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