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With limited protection from any impact on the road, motorcyclists face increased risks on roads and highways. In 2012, nearly 5,000 motorcyclist fatalities made up 15% of all traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Negligence is a large contributor to these incidents, and even a moment of unsafe driving can put the lives of motorcyclists at risk.
Any accident involving a motorcycle has the potential for severe injuries, as operators and passengers typically have very limited protection apart from helmets. Even a low-speed collision could send a bike skidding, severely injuring the operator or passenger. Although jackets, gloves, and other gear can reduce some damage, motorcyclists are still far more exposed to injuries than passengers in enclosed vehicles.
Any of these injuries can place massive financial burdens on the shoulders of victims and their families as they face the possibility of medical bills and other costs. Insurance companies may offer a seemingly large settlement to victims, but it’s imperative to ensure that any payment accepted will fully cover all of the damages resulting from the incident. For example, a motorcyclists who fractures a vertebrae in an accident may require months of physical therapy, special equipment such as a wheelchair, and long-term medications. These costs can add up more quickly than expected, to it is important not to accept a settlement without ensuring that it fully compensates the victim for every associated cost.
Determining an amount that will cover your present and future needs can be difficult. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle wreck, the attorneys of Adame★Garza can analyze the details of your situation and put your mind at ease while seek out compensation on your behalf.