When a motorcycle rider is involved in an accident with an automobile or a truck, the results, unfortunately, are usually a forgone conclusion. Most motorcycle riders will face the very real possibility of having to cope with a life-changing and life-long disability that will negatively impact every facet of their life. Possible outcomes of a motorcycle accident include traumatic brain injuries, nerve damage, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and loss of limb. In addition, the possibility of death is greater when involved in a motorcycle accident than in any other. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident or have had a loved one killed in one, it is often the fault of a negligent automobile or truck driver. The Oregon motorcycle accident attorneys at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve have experience in dealing with insurance companies and can get you the settlement you deserve. We know how to win these cases and have the resources to take them to court if necessary.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of motorcycle deaths increased by about 8% in 2015 over 2014. There were over 8 million motorcycles on the road in 2015. In all 4,976 people died as a result of motorcycle accidents nationwide and over 88,000 cyclists were injured. You are 27 times more likely to die as a result of a motorcycle crash than in an automobile accident.
Interestingly, more and more motorcyclists are retired “weekend warriors” who enjoy the scenic Oregon landscape on the weekends, often riding in motorcycle clubs on Saturday and Sunday. According to a published report by the magazine “Injury Prevention”, of all the age groups studied by the NHTSA, those riders over age 60 had the greatest number of serious injuries, almost double that of the youngest age group. One reason cited for this is that older bikers tend to ride larger, harder to control bikes as opposed to smaller, better handling bikes favored by younger riders. Older riders are over 3 times as likely to be admitted to the hospital to treat broken bones and possible brain damage as are younger riders.
The NHTSA states that 54% of all motorcycle fatalities involved riders over 40 years old up from 47% in 2005. The average age of a person who died in a motorcycle accident increased from 39 to 42 years old over the same time period.
No matter your age, when you have a motorcycle accident, you need to immediately engage the legal services of the experienced and knowledgeable Oregon motorcycle accident attorneys at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve. In motorcycle accident cases we work on a contingency basis so there are no upfront costs to you. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve – we accept no fee for helping you unless you win!