A person who’s riding on a motorcycle has much less stability and protection than a person in a different type of vehicle. Because of this, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that motorcyclists are much more likely than people in other vehicles to suffer from injuries, including ones that are fatal.
An estimate by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers of trucks or cars. Most motorcyclists make it a point to ride safely.
A primary hazard for motorcyclists is when other drivers aren’t operating their vehicles with the same safety considerations. For example, a full two-thirds of crashes involving a motorcycle and another vehicle were caused because the motorist infringed upon the motorcyclist’s right of way.
There are many different types of injuries that a motorcycle rider can suffer when they’re in a crash. Road rash is one of the less serious injuries but even it can become particularly problematic if it becomes infected. Motorcyclists can also suffer broken bones, bruising, brain trauma and spinal cord injuries. These can all require considerable medical care, which is costly.
A person who suffers an injury in a motorcycle crash might opt to seek compensation from the driver who struck them. The goal of this case is to recover the financial they incur due to the wreck. This can include the medical bills, but it may also involve other financial hits, such as a loss of income that occurs when they have to miss work while they’re healing or getting the medical care necessary for their injuries.