Skilled And Knowledgeable Attorneys For Motorcycle Accidents And Motorcycle Crashes
The statistics are startling. According to the US Department of Transportation, in 2007 there were over 7 million motorcycles on the road. In 2007 there were 5,154 motorcycle fatalities, the highest level since the Department of Transportation began collecting data in 1975.
Motorcycles are by their nature far less crash worthy than enclosed vehicles. They are also less visible to other drivers and pedestrians. They are less stable than four wheeled vehicles. Motorcyclists and their passengers are more vulnerable to the hazards of weather, road conditions, and other drivers than are the drivers of closed automobiles.
Motorcycle crash fatalities have increased every year for the past 10 years according to the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the data, over 123,000 motorcycles were involved in crashes in 2007. Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and eight times more likely to be injured according to NHTSA. The fatality rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was six times the fatality rate for passenger car occupants per registered vehicle according to NHTSA.
Motorcyclists face special concerns when on the road with automobiles. Motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries and often lead to death. Unfortunately, the majority of motorcycle accidents result from the negligence of third-party drivers who do not see the motorcycle. Because there is so little protection to the human body, if an accident is bad enough, the unfortunate victims riding on the motorcycles can lose a leg, an arm, a foot or hand. In addition to traumatic amputations, traumatic brain injuries are also a distinct possibility. In what may be a minor collision between two cars, often is a tragic collision between a motorcycle and a car resulting in serious, lifelong injuries and even death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious accident while riding a motorcycle, you must retain an attorney with the knowledge and skill required to address all of the issues involved. Issues involving physical, emotional and vocational needs arise in motorcycle crash cases. Often expert witnesses are required to establish liability and fault, and to determine vocational training and rehabilitation. Expert life care planners are required to evaluate comprehensive medical, physical and emotional needs for the remainder of the victim’s life expectancy. In short, motorcycle accidents are serious cases that involve extremely serious matters, which require qualified and competent legal representation. Murphy & Murphy has the experience required to investigate, obtain highly skilled expert witnesses, and fully prepare your case for trial. Do not settle for less. Murphy & Murphy is here to protect your legal rights and your future security. Contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation.