Motorcyclists are completely exposed to injury. There aren’t any crumple zones, seat belts or air bags to protect riders. When their bodies are propelled from an impact, the only things that stop motorcyclists are other vehicles, stationary objects or the pavement. Sometimes those other vehicles even run over motorcyclists.
According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than drivers or occupants of passenger vehicles. Given the vulnerability of motorcyclists, the odds of severe or catastrophic injuries in motorcycle crashes increase too.
Common causes of motorcycle crashes
Motorcycles present low vehicle profiles in traffic. People just don’t see them. Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle turning left in front of a motorcyclist in an intersection. Other types of motorcycle accidents involve drivers of passenger vehicles changing lanes when not hearing or seeing a motorcycle next to them. Some people even park their cars and then “door” a motorcyclist when they’re getting out of their cars.
Common motorcycle accident injuries
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed the injury information on over 1.2 million non-fatal motorcycle accidents between 2001 and 2008. It concluded that 30 percent of all such injuries were to the legs and feet of riders, while 22 percent were to the head and neck. Those were followed by:
- Injuries to the chest, back, and shoulders
- Hand and arm injuries
- Pelvis and hip injuries
The rules of the road clearly allow motorcyclists to share the road with other motorists, but many Southern California motorcyclists have been injured or killed due to the carelessness and negligence of those other motorists. Insurance companies will try to shift the blame for a crash and point their finger at the motorcyclist. That’s just one of the reasons why riders or the families of those who were killed in motorcycle crashes need to hire an experienced, aggressive and successful motorcycle accident attorney.
Contact our San Diego motorcycle accident attorneys as soon as possible after any motorcycle accident for a free case consultation and evaluation. Recovering the financial damages that you deserve can be pivotal for you. Since we work motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis, no legal fees are due unless we obtain a settlement or verdict for you.
Federal law requires all states to have some worker’s compensation insurance program that applies specifically when individuals are injured while on the job. Washington is one of the few states that has chosen to keep the state program within the control of the government instead of totally privatizing protection for employees working within the state borders. However, the rules that require employers to participate in the program differ from many other states as well, with certain employers being allowed an exemption if they can prove independent coverage is in place or choose to self-insure their workers.
Most of the companies that do not participate in the state program are the major employers of the state, and as many as one-third of the individuals working in the state work for one of these major corporations. Also, there are also exemptions for certain types of employers based on the makeup of their workforce and the nature of the operation. Self-employed individuals are not required to participate in the program, and individual management personnel is exempt as well in certain situations. Private contractor relationships are also technically self-employment situations for the most part.
Filing a Claim
Depending on the insurance status of an employer, employees will either file a claim with the state compensation board through their employer or submit the injury claim directly to those employers that are self-insured. Some claims can be simple procedures when the injury occurs due to a specific work incident and is not contested by the employer. This may not be so simple when employers are self-insured, or their insurance provider acts in bad faith. Injuries that manifest over a long period and are contested by the employer can also be frustrating experiences when attempting to recover damages.
Injured workers who accept the state workers compensation benefits are normally disqualified from suing an employer for non-economic pain-and-suffering. However, this is not an absolute restriction, as the injured employee can sue for full damages when the injury is the result of an intentional, reckless, or illegal action on the part of the employer or another employee. These cases are often complicated and strongly defended, and will always require the expertise of a personal injury attorney in Tacoma WA who understands what to expect regarding defensive claims and knows how to craft a case for maximum benefits to the injured worker client.
When medical professionals are negligent in any way in the delivery room, that negligence can result in devastating congenital disabilities that can cause a lifetime of disability. When a child is deprived of oxygen during birth, cerebral palsy can result. Passaic County residents struggling with a child’s preventable birth injuries may be interested in the recent story of a Philadelphia-area hospital, which recently was ordered to pay $55 million to the estate of a 4-year-old boy with cerebral palsy they believe was caused by hospital negligence.
The couple claims that doctors and hospital staff ignored warning signs that their son was not receiving enough oxygen during his birth in 2009. In a civil trial that lasted for two weeks, the couple and their attorney argued that the birth was handled negligently. The birth was complicated, with the infant becoming stuck in the birth canal. His oxygen deprivation was reported to have directly caused his severe developmental delays.