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 Injury Lawyer Omaha, 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 Injury Lawyer Omaha can help by discussing your case and informing you about all available legal options. Call Injury Lawyer Omaha toll free at (402) 513-9784 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
If you operate a motorcycle you should take all precautions to protect yourself and observe safe riding rules.
- 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
Even if you follow driver safety rules, you cannot predict other drivers. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, seek immediate medical attention, call the police, file a report, and contact the accident attorneys at Injury Lawyer Omaha. We can help by investigating your accident and reviewing your medical conditionto determine the long-term pain and suffering of any permanent or disabling injuries. We can also work directly with the insurance company of the other driver, who may claim that the accident was not their fault. If your accident was a hit-and-run or by a non-insured driver, we will review your policy and work with your insurer to obtain the maximum benefits you deserve. If you have lost a loved one who was involved in a motorcycle accident, we can also file a wrongful death claim on your behalf.
At Injury Lawyer Omaha, our personal injury attorneys have more than 25 years of experience with the court system and insurance claims. We have helped car accident victims throughout Nebraska, including Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Dodge, Otoe, Gage, Washington, and LancasterCounties – and we are here to help you. Injury Lawyer Omaha offers prospective clients with a FREE case evaluation in person or over the phone. Contact us 24/7 by calling (402) 513-9784 or via email.