Types of Motorcycle Injuries

motorcycle accient InjuriesWhat do you get when you remove all the protection a car has to offer—metal frame, crumple zone, airbags, seat belts, laminated windshield, etc.—and keep all the dangers inherent in driving? You get a motorcycle, of course.

It’s no secret that riding a motorcycle is a much riskier affair than simply driving a vehicle. Other than the clothes on your back and the helmet on your head, there is absolutely nothing to protect you in in the event of a collision.

As a result, it comes as no surprise that injuries and fatalities are far more common for motorcyclists than for the average driver.

The Tampa motorcycle injury lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been helping victims of other driver’s negligence for more than 30 years. If you’ve been severely injured in an accident in our area, we may be able to help. Call us today at 1-800-753-5203 for a free consultation.

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Motorcycle Fatalities

Riding a motorcycle may be enjoyable, but it is significantly more dangerous than driving a car. But how dangerous is it really? Let’s take a look at the statistics:

  • Riders under age 40 are 36 times more likely to die in a wreck than same-age drivers
  • Riders age 40 and over are 20 times more likely to die in a wreck than same-age drivers
  • In 2005, there were 73 motorcycle fatalities for every 100,000 registered motorcycles
  • Between 2001-2008, there were 34,000 motorcyclist fatalities in the U.S.
  • The highest death rate for motorcyclists is among 20-24 year olds
  • Head injuries are the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents
  • A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet has a 40% greater risk of dying in an accident
  • The motorcyclist was speeding in 48% of collision fatalities

As you can see, the risk of dying in a motorcycle accident is significantly higher than alternative forms of transportation. The non-fatal injury statistics are no less severe.

Motorcycle Injury Statistics

  • Over 80% of motorcycle accidents result in either injury or death
  • Leg and foot injuries are the most common non-fatal motorcycle injury at 30% of injuries
  • Head and neck injuries are number two at 22%
  • Between 2001-2008, 1.2 million motorcyclists were treated in a U.S emergency dept.
  • In 2006, highway motorcyclist accidents alone accounted for over 88,000 injuries
  • A motorcyclist not wearing a helmet has a 15% greater risk of injury in an accident
  • Other common injuries include spinal injuries, bone breaks/fractures, and road rash

Motorcycle accidents can be some of the most traumatizing accidents you’ll ever experience and the injuries are often no less severe. If you’ve been injured, you may find yourself with significant medical costs and an uphill battle to climb toward recovery.

You may have a limited amount of time to file a claim after being in a Florida accident. Call now.

At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we understand the severity of what you face. Our experienced injury attorneys have worked with over 20,000 injury victims during our 30 years in existence. We understand the tactics insurance companies may try to use in minimizing your compensation, and we’ve spent fighting for the rights of injury victims throughout Florida.

Call us right now at 1-800-753-5203 and get started toward recovery. We offer a completely free consultation to help you make sense of your situation. Plus, all our services operate on a contingency basis, so you don’t pay for any fees or costs unless we win your case. The last thing you need right now is the burden of paying your way to recovery. Call now at 1-800-753-5203.