Motorcycle Accident Fatalities Continue to Rise

With 2013 only a few weeks behind us, complete accident statistics have not yet been completed.

motorcycle-accidentYet experts are already predicting that the rise in deaths resulting from motorcycle crashes continues. Statistics from 2012 showed a 9% increase in the number of fatalities over 2011, with more than 5,000 fatalities resulting from a motorcycle accident. Many feel that the surge in inattentive driving is to blame for these sudden increases. If you recently lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, contact an attorney to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your damages.

Anyone who has ever been involved in a motorcycle accident will tell you that it is a violent event. Without the protection of a steel box the motorcyclist and any passenger is open to direct bodily contact with a fast moving vehicle. Other than their own protective gear, those who choose to ride a motorcycle are uniquely exposed to serious injury and death from an accident.

Occupants of a passenger car have door beams, air bags, a roof and seatbelts to offer them protection. Not to mention the car’s four wheels give it more stability than a motorcycle. Still, many motorists choose the motorcycle for its agility over a typical motor vehicle even though its smaller weight and size make it no match for a car when a crash occurs.

Barely into the new year, and we are already seeing news reports of motorcyclists killed on American highways. A 27 year old Texas man was killed on January 5th when he was ejected from his bike after hitting a guardrail. On the 11th an Orlando motorcycle accident left one driver dead when he was sideswiped by a vehicle that had crossed over the center line. While in California there were 2 separate motorcycle accidents early in the month within a day of each other that resulted in the death of the drivers. So many similar fatalities in such a short period of time is a harsh reminder of the risks facing a motorcyclist.

The families of an auto accident victim are allowed by Missouri law to seek compensation for their loss. Damages could include the loss of income from the loved one as well as personal pain and suffering caused by the sudden absence of them. One Missouri family was awarded $5.5 million after a tractor trailer rear ended the motorcycle of a husband and father, who died as a result of his injuries. Damages such as loss of care, protection and guidance are considered in these types of cases on top of the monetary damages.

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

As the incidence of motorcycle accidents continue to rise, we can expect to see the number of deaths resulting from them increase as well. The best a motorcyclist can do to protect himself is to wear a helmet and drive safely. If you have suffered from the tragic loss of someone in your family due to a motorcycle accident, ask a Missouri motorcycle accident attorney for help in recovering your damages. While your loved one cannot be replaced, you should not have to suffer financially as well because of another drivers negligence.

To speak with a St. Louis car accident lawyer at The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. call (314) 361-4242 or fill out our Online Contact Form to schedule a free consultation.

 

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Rear End Accidents: Not Just At Stop Lights

Many people don’t take the risk of being rear ended seriously.

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Most of these types of accidents occur at intersections, at low speeds. Damage to the vehicle is usually minimal, and while head and neck injuries do occur that are not usually as serious as those seen in high speed crashes. There can be many reasons why a driver would hit you from behind on an open highway, and most of these are related to his being reckless. If you were rear-ended and suffered from injuries as a result, contact a St. Louis car accident attorney before speaking with anyone else. They will help you fight for your rightful compensation.

Rear End Collision Injuries

The physical damage caused by a rear end accident is dependent on the force of impact. Slow speed rear end collisions usually result in a neck injury known as whiplash, where the force of the head being thrust forward and then back causes strain on the tendons. On the other hand, high speed rear end accidents can cause an array of injuries, often times severe.

Causes

A rear end collision is often the fault of the rear driver. The most common causes are inattention to the road, aggressive driving, sudden lane changes, and speeding. On a highway, we often will see this type of accident right before a road construction site. A driver who is not paying attention will not notice the sudden decrease in speed of the traffic in front of him. This will cause him to not have time to react properly and slam into the back of a car. The growing problem of texting while driving is having a huge impact on the number of high speed rear end collisions. Statistics are now showing that this has replaced drunk driving as the leading cause of vehicular accidents.

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

Rear end collisions have a different effect on the victim then other types of crashes. Most often in a head on or even a T-bone collision they are able to see the impending danger and brace themselves for it. This is not the case when hit from behind. Depending on the use of a seat belt, and the speed involved, a driver could impact with the steering wheel, windshield or even be ejected from the car. A rear end collision on a Missouri highway resulted in a $110,000 settlement for the victim. The crash caused him to bang his head on the steering column causing bleeding to his brain. This type of closed head injury can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated right away.

Any type of collision can be devastating, but the recklessness of a driver who causes a rear end collision makes these all the more senseless. Good driving practices would ensure that almost all of these types of crashes be avoided. Not paying attention to the road while behind the wheel is a serious problem whose offenders should be held responsible for the consequences. If you were recently hurt in a rear end collision, contact an experienced car accident attorney today to get started on getting you your rightful compensation. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.

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