Between 2001 and 2008 there were 34,000 deaths in motorcycle accidents across the United States and more than 1 million reported motorcycle related injuries. There are approximately 7 million motorcycles registered in the United States and this means that an average motorcycle has a 1 in 7 chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a very traumatic experience which can change your life in an instant. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident contacting a lawyer is essential to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive compensation for your losses.
What do you do when you get into a motorcycle accident ?
If you had a motorcycle accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries you sustained.
Injuries to motorcyclists are usually more serious than other types of injuries with respect to other vehicles, so the compensation payable for injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident is generally higher.
The following non-exhaustive list outlines things to consider if you have a motorcycle accident with a claim :
- Get instant access to other drivers’ details about the accident, their vehicles and their insurance data.
- Call the police immediately and have them come to the scene.
- If there are any witnesses to the accident, you must take the details of those witnesses.
- You should seek medical attention immediately and keep all records of the doctors you attend.
- Keep all receipts for medical attendance, prescriptions, and medications.
- Talk to your attorney who will prepare your housing claim with the Injury Board.
Motorcycle accidents are much more dangerous than cars
A Canadian study indicated that motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injuries, deaths and significant medical costs than motor vehicle accidents.
Although a large number of previous research has documented the potential for motorcycle accidents to result in a much more serious injury than car accidents, the current study provides new evidence of the financial costs of these accidents, researchers said in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
The researchers examined data on 26,831 patients injured in motorcycle accidents and 281,826 people injured in car accidents. In general, the study found that the rate of motorcycle accidents was three times greater than the rate of car accidents.
The risk of serious injury increased ten times for motorcycle accidents.
At the same time, the cost of treating motorcycle accident injuries is almost twice as high as that of car accidents during the first two years after the accident. The average cost of treating motorcycle accidents was $5,825 Canadian (about $4,569) compared to $2,995 Canadian (about $2,349).
The study found that the annual rate of injuries for motorcycles was 2,194 people out of every 100,000 registered motorcycle owners, compared to 718 people out of every 100,000 registered car owners.
Dr. Lewis Lee – of Boston Children’s Hospital and a researcher at Harvard Medical School who was not involved in the study – said that because motorcyclists are more exposed to the road than motorists, they have an increased risk that accidents they are exposed to lead to injuries to the rib cage, abdomen and head. and parties. Wearing a helmet helps prevent head injury but does not protect the rest of the body.
Lee said – via e-mail – that motorcyclists should be aware of the increased dangers associated with their driving, and that the risk of serious injury and medical costs increase significantly compared to riding in an accident vehicle.
He added that motorcyclists must wear a helmet and adhere to the stipulated speed limit in order to try to reduce head injuries.
First aid for motorcyclists
Every day, the roads witness a lot of traffic accidents that cause the death of many people. The experience of paramedics in such situations is a matter of life or death, especially when motorcycle crashes occur. Because providing first aid to motorcyclists requires special knowledge and knowledge.
An unconscious injured person may be at risk of suffocation; Because a loose tongue can cause obstruction of the respiratory tract. A motorcyclist who gets into an accident also suffers from a traumatic brain injury, or what is also known as an intracranial injury.
« Vomiting is one of the symptoms that may appear in cases of accidents, which may also lead to a risk of suffocation, » said Professor Peter Severin, emergency medicine specialist at the German Red Cross in Berlin. To open the respiratory tract, the victim’s head should be gently tilted back, with the victim’s mouth open, which requires the need to remove the helmet.
Take off the helmet
The paramedic must take off the helmet very carefully; Because if there are injuries to the cervical spine, the violent movement of the injured head may cause paralysis. First, the helmet mask must be folded up, the chin strap loosened, and the head shield gently pulled in the longitudinal direction away from the casualty’s body, so that the paramedic can support the back of the head with his hand. Then the helmet is completely removed, and the victim’s head is carefully placed on the ground.
The paramedic should verify the victim’s ability to breathe by bringing his head close to the victim’s face, and observing the movement of his chest. And the German expert, Severin, added: « Through this, the paramedic can hear the sound of the victim’s breathing while feeling the exhalation and inhalation on his cheek at the same time, and observing whether the rib cage of the victim rises and falls. »
If the paramedic does not notice any of these signs, he should start CPR immediately, by massaging the heart muscle through chest compressions 30 times and performing the artificial respiration process twice if possible.
The injured motorcyclist must be moved to a safe place on the edge of the road by means of a rescue fist, where the upper part of the victim’s body is slightly raised, so that the paramedic can insert his hands under the victim’s armpit, and then hold with both hands the victim’s forearm, so that the forearm is placed transversely in front of the patient’s chest.
The instructions of the Automobile Club (ADAC) in Munich how to perform a rescue fist explain that the thumb and fingers should be next to each other, so that they do not go around the arm, so as not to cause pressure on the upper stomach area of the injured person.
If the injured motorcyclist remains unconscious but is breathing independently, then first aid experts advise moving him to a safe place in the recovery position, even if there are injuries to the cervical spine. It is also important to move the patient’s head as narrowly as possible, to protect it from being paralyzed. The benefit of the recovery position is that it allows blood to flow in and vomit can be expelled, and the respiratory tract remains free of obstructions.
German Professor Peter Severin advises not to remove the casualty’s clothing, explaining: « In the case of severe bleeding wounds or internal injuries, tight motorcycle clothing can be used as a pressure bandage. » In addition, it keeps the patient warm, which is equally important, whether in summer or winter; Because hypothermia can lead to problems in intensive care, the casualty should always be covered with a rescue blanket from the first aid box, even during the hot summer months.
Motorcycle riders often suffer broken arms, legs or thighs from falling on the ground. In such situations, the paramedic must first cover obvious fractures and severely bleeding wounds on exposed body areas with bandages.
If a motorcyclist slips under roadblocks in an accident, it could lead to amputation of a limb. There, German doctor Peter Severin advises quickly covering the torso with sterile bandages, wrapping the amputated part in a sterile bandage, placing it in a plastic bag and delivering it to the ambulance and emergency services.