Vancouver mot*orcycle accident
Because of the fact that motorcycles offer virtually no protection to the operator and passengers, when they are involved in accidents the resulting injuries are often very serious. Besides this lack of protection, riders are not seat belted as they are into other motor vehicles, and therefore they can be that much more easily ejected from the vehicle. If you are in an accident it is important that you work with a knowledgeable Vancouver motorcycle accident attorney who will fight for you.
Your Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer can attest that if you are in a motorcycle accident, chances are you will be injured. In fact, more than 80% of riders and their passengers who are in accidents either are injured or die. The numbers are, indeed, staggering. In fact, during the 1990s the number of deaths in motorcycle crashes rose almost 100%, and that number has not dropped.
Because of the nature of motorcycle operation, certain injuries are more common than others. For instance, when a motorcycle is struck it is certain to fall on its side—often on top of the rider. Crushed legs, broken bones, and lacerations therefore would be expected to follow frequently, and in fact this is the case.
The following are a few of the most serious types of injuries your Vancouver motorcycle accident attorney is likely to encounter with clients:
• Back Injuries: Back injuries range in severity, but even what might appear a minor accident can result in a serious back injury. Among the more serious of these injuries is a compression fracture, which involves the breaking of a segment of the spinal column, which in turn causes that section of the spine to compress. Herniated discs are also frequent, and entail injury to the disc, itself, which in turn causes the gelatinous material within to seep out and press upon nerves. Such injuries can cause severe pain, and in some cases paralysis from the level of the injury downward.
• Neck Injuries: When the rider falls or is thrown he may suffer injury to the neck. Such an injury can be a cervical fracture or herniated disc. The result can range from significant pain and restricted movement to paralysis.
• Head Injuries: Among the most serious injuries frequent in motorcycle accidents are those to the head and brain. Helmets significantly reduce the risk of many of such injuries. Skull fractures are common. Less common, but very disfiguring, are facial fractures. A rider might also suffer traumatic brain injury, which can leave him paralyzed, comatose, and/or with reduced intellectual ability.
Call a Vancouver Motorcycle Accident Lawyer if You Have Been Injured
If you have been in an accident due to another’s negligence, it will likely be to your advantage to work with a Vancouver motorcycle accident attorney. Call The Law Offices of Loren Scott Etengoff today at (360) 693-2919.