In 2005, 87,000 motorcyclists were injured and an additional 4,553 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents throughout the United States. Unfortunately, due to the severity of these accidents, motorcyclists often sustain severe and debilitating injuries. Injuries to the head, neck and spine can leave motorcyclists with lifelong disabilities and chronic pain.
When a motorcyclist is involved in a traffic accident, the results can be devastating. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than passenger car occupants, and they are 8 times more likely to be injured in these accidents. Injuries to motorcyclists include:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Severe Soft Tissue Injuries
- Broken Limbs
- Road Rash
- Herniated, Bulging Discs
- Burns and Severe Lacerations
- Eye Injuries including Retinal Detachment
Even though Colorado law does not require motorcyclists over the age of 18 to wear a helmet, safety experts recommend it. The best way to prevent motorcycle accident injuries is to wear a helmet. In fact, helmets are estimated to be 37% more effective in preventing motorcycle fatalities. In 2005 alone, 1,546 motorcyclists lives were saved by simply wearing a helmet.
Even though Colorado law doesn’t require motorcyclists to wear a helmet while driving, it does require drivers to wear eye protection. Wearing eye protection can prevent severe eye injuries and lacerations from occurring. Retinal detachment, eye lacerations and corneal abrasions can lead to severe vision problems and even blindness.
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced Littleton Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney immediately. Colorado has strict laws in place to protect motorcyclists from negligent and irresponsible drivers. These laws hold negligent drivers liable for any damages and injuries that have occurred. Since Colorado is an “at fault” state, your attorney will need to determine who was responsible for your injuries. In many cases, there may even be multiple parties responsible for the accident and for your injuries. A motorcycle accident attorney will need to review your case thoroughly to determine if you have reason to file a claim. If legal action is needed, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney will be able to aggressively represent you during the entire legal process to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.