Motorcycle season is a week or two away now, so it’s a good time of the year to remind other drivers that they’ll be sharing the road with them. Always keep the fact in mind that motorcyclists are highly vulnerable and exposed to injuries or death, even at relatively low speeds. They don’t have a roof, bumpers, a steel body and frame, air bags or restraint systems to protect riders and passengers.
As per a report published by the University of Southern California that was commissioned by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, when a motorcycle is involved in a crash with another vehicle, that other vehicle is turning left about 66 percent of the time while the motorcyclists are proceeding straight. Most motorists said that they either never saw the motorcycle before impact, or they didn’t see it until it was too late. On the average, motorcyclists had about two seconds to attempt to avoid the collision. Here are some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries that our personal injury lawyer Rockford has seen:
- Leg and foot fractures and dislocations.
- Chest shoulder and back injuries, fractures and dislocations.
- Arm and hand fractures and dislocations.
- Organ damage.
- Pelvic and hip fractures.
- Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
After being injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by the negligence of somebody else, don’t give a statement of any kind to the opposing insurer. Illinois law doesn’t require you to do that. Contact a personal injury lawyer in Rockford at The American Law Firm, PC to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We want to hear your side of the story.