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Published On: Mon, Jan 29th, 2018

What You Need to Know about Kansas Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Riding motorcycles is fun, but it’s also dangerous—among the riskiest modes of transportation on the road. Zipping down the road in the open air may be exhilarating, but with nothing between you and the highway other than a relatively light vehicle, there’s plenty that could go wrong. In 2016, the Kansas Department of Transportation reported that a motorcycle accident happens about every eight hours. As a rider, you should just be aware that a motorcycle accident can happen anytime and anywhere, and that most of the causes are out of your control.

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Common Causes of Motorbike Crashes

There are so many potential causes of motorcycle crashes that they’d be impossible to list. You could be making your way down the street and a slight bend in the road could send you sliding across the asphalt. You could also be struck or cut off by a drunk driver. In fact, the KSDOT reports the annual number of DUI arrests in the state to be in the thousands.

But motorcycle accidents aren’t always caused by substance abuse or operator error. Chance events also contribute to motorcycle crashes. A motorcycle could easily slip on a frozen or wet piece of road, or a driver can become blinded by the sun or fog. Motorcyclists should always pay close attention to their surroundings, follow the rules of the road, maintain their equipment, and wear protective clothing to reduce injuries. Whether or not you’re at fault does little to change the danger to you as a rider, but you can take measures to reduce the risk and severity of injuries.

Inherent Dangers to Motorcycles

Getting into a crash on a motorcycle is more dangerous than in a car for obvious reasons. Without airbags, windows, and doors there’s nothing between you and the ground. Furthermore, motorcycles are lighter and faster than cars, making them much riskier to the rider. Consequently, injuries are almost inevitable in a motorcycle accident. And while you can get badly hurt in a car accident, the likelihood of suffering broken bones, spinal injury, or traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident are substantially higher.

While the potential dangers are already significant, if you opt out of wearing a helmet, they’re even greater. The KSDOT reports less than half of registered motorcyclists in Kansas use their helmets. If you choose not to wear a helmet, the odds of a motorcycle accident becoming tragic or fatal is substantially higher.

Injuries and Deaths

Virtually every part of your body is at risk in a motorcycle accident. Broken bones, torn muscles, severed nerves, and brain injuries are all common in motorcycle accidents. All of these injuries require specific types of treatments—often unrelated to one another—which means that your rehabilitation could be long and costly.

Injuries to the body can range from bruises and lacerations to spinal damage, traumatic brain injuries, and incapacitation. All of these types of injuries can be debilitating. Force and pressure along the spine might lead to difficulty walking or moving. Brain damage could result in mental problems or issues throughout the entire body. In fact, while not as common as motorcycle injuries, accident deaths involving motorcycles in Kansas are in the thousands. Injuries require medical attention, and a motorcycle accident attorney can help ensure that you get the treatment you require.

Recourse Following a Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident attorney looks over the details of your accident, your medical reports, and your insurance information, and helps determine what sort of financial recovery you’re entitled to. Hospital bills are expensive. If you’re unable to work, it will be difficult to live without compensation for your accident. A Kansas motorcycle accident attorney will represent you in the court of law and work to ensure fair treatment by other parties.

Author: Khalid Irfan

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