Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Fort Worth
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States of America and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. The city is the second most populous in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Motorcycles are not just a mode of transportation but a thrilling hobby or even an entire way of life. Unfortunately, drivers that share the road with bikers are not yet conditioned to keep a sharp lookout for motorcycles, and their negligence frequently results in a terrible wreck. Other negligent parties might be a faulty manufacturer of the motorcycle or even a party who knowingly leaves a hazard in the middle of the road. Motorcycles are only about two percent of vehicles on the road, yet they are involved in ten percent of all accidents.
Regardless of the parties responsible, the injuries inflicted by their negligence are catastrophic and often fatal. Because of the increased risk of bodily injury from riding a bike, the damages from a motorcycle crash cost victims not only thousands in medical bills but also pain and suffering, lost time at work, or even their lives. Because the compensation owed to bikers under the law is so high, at-fault parties (or more likely their insurers) spend unfathomable resources to deny legitimate claims for compensation. With injuries like those described below, victims of motorcycle crashes must hire a Fort Worth motorcycle accident lawyer, such as those at Zinda Law Group PLLC, to perform a thorough investigation and fight for their clients’ rights under the law.
Soft Tissue. Bumps and bruises naturally happen from a collision with another object on a motorcycle. However, “road rash” is the informal term for soft-tissue damage sustained from the rider sliding across the abrasive, and frequently uneven, surface of the roadway. The skid tears at the soft-tissue and rips skin and muscle off the bone, leaving scarring and other types of permanent disfigurement on the rider. If he or she is not wearing a helmet, the road rash can lead to the face being maimed for life.
Head Injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control, helmets can reduce the likelihood of a motorcycle crash fatality by 37% and head injuries by 69%, but hardly any states, including Arizona, have a universal helmet law. Not only can people lose teeth or collapse their eye socket in a crash, but trauma to the brain is also likely; whether it be a concussion or even a traumatic brain injury.
Spinal Injury. Like injuring the head, damage to the spinal cord could lead to some permanent changes in the rider’s quality of life, such as paralysis. Studies show that older riders tend to be more prone to thoracic injuries, which means their “trunk” statistically bears much more of the brunt of the impact in a motorcycle crash. Regardless of the age of the driver, he or she cannot wear a helmet or re-enforced denim that protects the spine from the impact in a wreck or being thrown from the bike.
Thoracic Injury. In addition to the spine, injuring the trunk of the rider can lead to broken ribs and damage to the delicate internal organs contained within the abdominal wall. According to the National Institute of Health, if one anatomical region of the body is affected in a motorcycle crash, then that some region will likely have multiple injuries. Therefore, if the rider only feels the pain of bruised or even broken ribs, he or she should get checked for more internal injuries at that same location.
Lower Extremity. This is the most common form of injury on motorcycles; specifically broken bones being the most frequent result. Even though these injuries are not as typically severe as injuries to the head, chest, or abdomen, the median hospital bill still runs a lucky biker around $21,000; according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. These types of injuries include damage to the pelvis, hip, thigh, leg, knee, ankle, or foot. When multiple lower injuries occur, the cost of their treatment in the hospital jumps to a median of $59, 000 per motorcycle crash.
Fatality. Motorcycles, much more than framed motor vehicles, have a startling probability of killing the rider. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, per 100,000 vehicles involved in a crash, just over thirteen cars were involved in fatal crashes, while that number increases to over 72 for fatal motorcycle wrecks.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of another, you need the experience and resources of the team of Fort Worth Motorcycle Accident lawyers at Zinda Law Group to ensure you are compensated to the full extent allowed under the law. Call now for a free consultation on the options available to pursuing your case.