There are risks associated with many activities we engage in each day. The level of risk and potential injuries tied to each activity varies widely. One of the more dangerous as well as commonly undertaken activities is riding a motorcycle. The mode of transportation is popular in states throughout the nation, including North Carolina. Over the course of the past few years there has been an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents that occur on roads throughout the country. Between 2011 and 2012, the number rose by 2,000. These accidents, some of which took place in North Carolina, can result in serious injuries or possibly death.
While all motor vehicles have the possibility of being involved in a fatal accident, as compared to cars, the risk for motorcycles is higher. In 2012, 14 out of every 100,000 passenger cars were involved in a crash resulting in death. The rate for fatal motorcycle accidents was much higher—60 out of every 100,000 motorcycles that were registered. There are multiple reasons for this discrepancy, including:
- Motorcyclist being more vulnerable to hazards of road conditions and weather.
- The requirement that a motorcycle operator rely upon different mental and physical skills.
- Motorcycles being less visible to other drivers.
- The lack of stability as compared to other vehicles.
The injuries someone involved in a motorcycle accident suffer vary widely. More serious injuries include broken bones, spinal injuries and brain injuries. When someone is hurt in this manner the recovery period can be long and the person injured may never fully make it back to the physical state that he or she was in before it occurred. In addition, the recovery period can be expensive. When someone is unable to work, stress regarding how the bills will be paid can be overwhelming.
For some people seeking compensation for the injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident helps. This is usually pursued via a personal injury lawsuit with the assistance of a lawyer.
Source: Insurance Information Institute, “Motorcycle Crashes,” August 2014