North Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm Supports Motorcycle Safety
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there are over four million motorcycles registered in the U.S. The popularity of motorcycles may be attributed to relatively low initial cost, fuel efficiency, and their use as pleasure vehicles.
But because motorcycles offer little or no protection in the event of a crash, approximately 80 percent of all reported motorcycle accidents result in injury or death, as compared to only 20 percent for automobiles. Automobiles offer more weight and bulk than motorcycles, along with cushioning and airbags to soften the impact and safety belts to keep passengers in their seats.
What a motorcycle sacrifices in weight, bulk and safety is somewhat offset by its agility, maneuverability, and ability to stop quickly, but motorcycles are still considered more difficult and dangerous to operate than automobiles.
Injuries Commonly Suffered in Motorcycle Crashes
In the event of a motorcycle accident, some injuries seem to be quite common, such as:
- Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Wearing a helmet can mean the difference between life and death for a motorcyclist.
- Road rash resulting from sliding across the pavement after a motorcycle accident. Wearing protective garments such as kneepads, gloves, and leather jackets can greatly lessen or prevent road rash.
- Muscle damage anywhere in the body, which can be lessened by wearing protective clothing.
- Bikers arm, a condition that occurs after the initial impact of an accident. Because it is human instinct to put one’s arms out front to lessen the impact, but more impact means more damage to the nerves of the arms.
If you suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident in Brunswick County, North Carolina, contact the accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates online or call (800) 411-1583 for a free, no risk case evaluation. We handle motorcycle accident cases on a contingency basis – if we don’t recover for you, you don’t pay us a fee. Call today.