There are a considerable number of automobile and motorcycle accidents that occur on a daily basis in the United States. Many of the individuals involved in these accidents may walk away without any injuries; however, others sustain multiple injuries or die.
In 2012, for example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were 4,986 deaths that resulted from motorcycle accidents. In 2013, however, the NHTSA reported that there were 4,668 deaths.
Motorcyclists were more likely than car passengers to die in these accidents. Furthermore, motorcyclists also tended to sustain more injuries. Estimates indicate that motorcyclists are five-times more likely to sustain injuries than the car passengers involved in these accidents.
While the NHTSA findings do show a decrease in motorcycle-related deaths of 6.4%, this still points to a large number of fatalities, most of which could be prevented. The reduction in the number of motorcycle-related deaths may be due to several factors.
One possibility is that motorcyclists are adhering to helmet laws. Another possibility is that motorcyclists are not driving recklessly, which includes not driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
f you have been involved in one or more automobile and motorcycle accidents, it is important that you contact a personal injury law firm as soon as possible. Whether you or the other driver were at fault, a personal injury lawyer can inform you of your rights and responsibilities. Furthermore, they will also provide you with the necessary counsel.
An accident attorney will listen to your concerns with compassion and provide a strong front for you during this challenging time. They will guide and assist you to ensure that you have contacted your insurance company as well. It is important that all of the proper forms are submitted in the event that you will be able to receive a potential payback from your insurance coverage.
If it is determined that the other driver was at fault, you may receive a punitive damage settlement. The average amount awarded in these types of cases is usually $50,000. Depending on the circumstances, your case may be settled out of court. Many personal injury cases do not go to court, and are mediated beforehand.
If you do need to go to court, your personal injury lawyer will be there to support you through the entire process.