Motorcycle Accident Statistics
What you need to know about motorcycle accidents
Motorcycle accidents can lead to traumatic and catastrophic injuries. Riders and passengers may wear helmets and durable clothing, but are still vulnerable to serious injuries such as leg, arm and head injuries, road rash and even injuries leading to death.
At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have attorneys and other staff who are motorcycle enthusiasts. We believe that some motorcyclists are among the safest drivers on North Carolina’s roads.
Our attorneys at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin understand the difficulties facing those injured and their families, too. We are here to provide quality legal assistance to North Carolinians injured in motorcycle accidents and families who have lost loved ones. Let us assist you with your accident claim or wrongful death claim.
“When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.”
— National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Facts about motorcycle accidents
Consider these alarming facts about nationwide motorcycle accidents reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as of 2015:
- Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclist fatalities occurred nearly 29 times more often than auto occupant fatalities in traffic crashes
- In states without universal helmet laws, 58% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets, compared to 8% in states with universal helmet laws. (North Carolina requires the use of helmets.)
- Helmets saved 1,772 motorcyclists' lives, and 740 more could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets
- An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in a motorcycle crash
While some motorcycle accidents resulted in serious injuries, even minor motorcycle accidents can have long-term health implications.
The Federal Highway estimated that in 2013 a quarter of motorcycle crash patients admitted to the hospital had more than $100,000 of expenses.
Sometimes motorcycle injuries, no matter how minor, may not show up until days, weeks, and even months later. Agreeing to a settlement before these long-term costs are taken into account can leave a person uncovered for future medical expenses and other costs.
Call a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer today
Not only do we have tremendous experience helping motorcyclists, we have motorcycle enthusiasts at our firm – from partners to staff. So we take motorcycle wrecks very seriously, and we vigorously investigate every motorcycle accident. From meticulously reviewing official police accident reports to consulting with experts, when necessary, we work hard to try to turn over every stone in pursuit of the truth. Was the at-fault driver texting, distracted, or asleep at the wheel? Were they speeding, driving recklessly, or driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs? Were any vehicle parts defective?
There are dozens of issues you may need compensation for as a result of your motorcycle accident. You may have skyrocketing medical bills, expenses related to lengthy rehabilitation, loss of wages due to time off from work, pain and suffering, and more.
Let us do the fighting for you. Depending on your specific circumstances, we will try to:
- Deal directly with insurance companies on your behalf so you can focus on healing
- Help you fill out any official forms associated with your motorcycle crash
- Make sure you receive the medical care you need
- Correct any mistakes on your official Traffic Crash Report
- Aggressively investigate your accident, including reviewing accident reports, consulting with accident reconstructionists, and visiting the accident scene
- Review any settlement offers you might receive after your crash
- File a motorcycle accident lawsuit on your behalf, if necessary
- Help you obtain financial compensation for lost wages if you cannot work after your accident
Make the decision to move on with your life today. Contact an experienced James Scott Farrin motorcycle wreck attorney to tell us about your situation or call toll free at 1-866-900-7078. Your initial case evaluation is free. And our contingency fee arrangement means you owe us nothing upfront – nor do you owe us one penny in attorney fees if we are not able to get compensation for you.