Reno Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The injuries experienced by a motorcyclist in a collision may be catastrophic, life-threatening or even fatal. A rider is offered little protection in the event of an accident, even when wearing a helmet and other protective gear that conforms to federal safety standards. The disparity in size and weight between a motorcycle and a much larger passenger car, SUV or truck is one of the primary reasons behind the increased risk of injury that a rider faces. Motorcyclists must be particularly cautious and aware of other drivers, who may not see or notice them until it is too late.
At Shook & Stone, we understand that motorcyclists face unique obstacles when it comes to accident avoidance and handling insurance claims or lawsuits when collisions do occur. Representing clients in Reno, Carson City and the surrounding areas in Nevada, our injury lawyers use more than 85 years of combined experience to offer the highest quality counsel in complex motorcycle accident claims. Take this opportunity to find out how we can help you by arranging a free consultation with one of our legal professionals.
Why are motorcyclist injuries so severe?
Nationwide statistics from 2011 show that motorcyclists are more than 30 times more likely to be killed in traffic accidents than occupants of passenger cars, per vehicle mile traveled. These same statistics show that motorcyclists are 5 times more likely to be injured. Why are motorcyclists' injuries so severe, and why are riders more likely to lose their lives in collisions? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA):
More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist. The motorcycle itself provides no head injury protection to the rider or passenger. Ejection from the motorcycle is a common injury pathway. If a motorcycle comes to a sudden stop and the rider is ejected from the motorcycle, the rider will forcibly strike objects in the path as well as the ground.
The NHTSA also states, "A motorcycle lacks the crashworthiness and occupant protection characteristics of an automobile." Passenger cars, SUVs and other vehicles are made with metal frames and door beams built to withstand a considerable amount of force. Occupants are further protected by safety belts and airbags. Motorcyclists are not offered this protection and may sustain far greater injury in a collision as a result.
Another factor that contributes to motorcyclist injuries is the difference in size and weight between a motorcycle and a larger vehicle. Technically speaking, both vehicles will sustain the same force of impact in a collision, but the smaller vehicle will sustain more damage. The motorcycle and rider are more likely to experience damage and physical injury than a larger vehicle. The size difference is especially dangerous in a crash between a large truck and a motorcycle. Even at a low speed, this type of collision may prove fatal for a rider.
Injured? Call a motorcycle accident lawyer at our Reno, Nevada law firm.
Due to their severity, injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident may have a profound and lasting impact on a rider's life. These may lead to exorbitant medical bills and an extended absence from work or even a permanent disability. Recovering financial compensation is crucial, and a Reno motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm may be able to offer the level of legal counsel that offers a rider the best opportunity at a fair settlement or award. For more information about our services and how we may be able to help you, please call our offices. We take on motorcycle injury claims and lawsuits in Reno and Carson City. We look forward to hearing from you!