Motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serve injury or death. In 2012, there were 634 motorcycle crashes in Nebraska, resulting in 22 deaths and 612 injuries, according to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. The total cost resulting from these accidents is $51,494,800. The cost of these motorcycle accidents includes wage and productivity losses, administrative expenses, property damage, employer costs, and medical expenses. When a motorcycle accident results in a death the cost to an insurance claim is nearly doubled. In 2012 a cost of $31,240,000 was attributed to motorcycle accidents that resulted in death. At Abboud Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys have helped many victims of motorcycle accidents, and our injury attorneys know that the injuries to those motorcyclists are usually more significant than to those traveling in the passenger vehicle. The bodily injury that motorcycle accidents result in is due to the protection a motorcycle doesn’t provide in the event of a collision. The majority of fatalities from a motorcycle accident were those caused by the rider not wearing a helmet. The rise in fatalities due to these motorcycle accidents may be due to the nearly 200% increase in motorcycle registrations between 1996 and 2012. The increase in motorcycle registrations may be due to higher fuel costs. Motorcycles are more fuel-efficient than cars and SUV’s, and during times of economic uncertainty, people may be turning to alternate methods of transportation. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, the personal injury attorneys at Abboud Law Firm can help by discussing your case and informing you about all available legal options. Call Abboud Law Firm toll free at 1-888-920-7749 or contact us via email. We’re ready to help with a free initial consultation. We handle car, trucking, dog bite, wrongful death, and motorcycle accident insurance claims anywhere in Nebraska, including Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Fremont, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk, Hastings, Columbus, and North Platte. Regardless of why more motorcycles are on the road in Nebraska, an increase in motorcyclists has brought a corresponding increase in motorcycle accidents that result in injuries. Many car and truck drivers believe that motorcyclists operate more recklessly and are responsible for any accidents between passenger vehicles and motorcyclists. In fact, most motorcycle accidents are the fault of the passenger vehicle. Motorcycle accidents may be caused by car or truck drivers who fail to notice motorcyclists. Passenger vehicle operators also endanger motorcyclists with such risky driving behavior as:
- Following a motorcycle too closely.
- Failing to properly check for motorcyclists while making a lane change.
- Failing to account for how quickly the motorcycle is approaching an intersection.
- Brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal bleeding
- Foot and leg injuries
- Wear your helmet and any other safety gear
- Don’t drive without a license and maintain your skills by taking an approved safety course
- Wear brightly colored clothing
- Never drink and drive – or ride
- Avoid the blind spots of other vehicles
- Always ride with your headlights on
- Look out for road hazards