In Pennsylvania in 2007, there were 225 motorcycle-related fatal accidents, according to an article published earlier this year in the National Law Review. A year later, 239 motorcyclists died on the state’s streets and highways. Of those who were killed, less than half were wearing helmets. Pennsylvania law only requires helmet use among those age 21 and younger or who haven’t been a licensed driver for long.
The national figures are even more eye-opening: At least 5,000 people were killed in both 2007 and 2008 while riding motorcycles. Many died of brain injuries, the statistics showed, and happened in states that had a helmet law and states that didn’t require motorcyclists to wear a helmet. Motorcyclists are nearly five times more likely than car or truck occupants to be injured in a crash and 26 times more likely to be killed.
The article in the law journal noted, though, that even surviving a motorcycle crash can create long-term health problems and considerable financial complications. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average cost of a motorcycle-related head injury is more than $43,000 — and that’s only the cost of being treated and admitted to a trauma ward. Additional care, including rehabilitation, was not included in that estimate.
Along with medical bills, a motorcycle-related head injury can lead to job loss, long-term disability and a need for regular care by home health nurses or aides. In most states, motorcycle insurance does not cover medical expenses and even people with health insurance don’t have the financial means to handle long-term care, the journal reported.
Many motorcycle crashes are often caused by other drivers. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcycle rider's right of way and caused the accident. Such accidents have become so common over the years, in fact, that it led national safety organizations and motorcycle enthusiasts to launch “Share the Road” campaigns to remind drivers that people on two wheels have just as much of a right to be there as those on four wheels. May is national Motorcycle Safety Awareness month.
If you or your family member were injured or killed by someone’s negligent act, the attorneys at The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg, LLP can help. We will investigate your accident and help you get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other costs and damages.
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