Motorcycle accidents are one of the most devastating types of motor vehicle accidents to be involved in. The lack of external protection and size discrepancy between motorcycles and passenger vehicles or semi trucks often results in serious or fatal injuries. But just how common are motorcycle accidents in West Virginia?
To find out, here's a closer look at the most recent West Virginia motorcycle accident statistics, which are from 2009 and were compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to their reports, there were 25 fatal motorcycle accidents in West Virginia in 2009. This translates to 7% of all the motor vehicle accidents in West Virginia for 2009. Thankfully, this is a huge drop from 2008, when 52 fatalities were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents in West Virginia.
Sadly, of the 25 people who were killed in motorcycle accidents in West Virginia in 2009, 20 were wearing motorcycle helmets. Even though a motorcycle helmet should be worn by every rider and can help save lives in the event of a motorcycle crash, they do not guarantee that a motorcycle accident victim will survive a collision.
The motorcycle accident statistics also go into detail about the ages of the motorcyclists who were killed in 2009. Of those, it seems the largest at-risk groups for motorcycle accidents in West Virginia are riders aged 40-49 and 50-59, these 2 age groups saw 8 fatalities each.
What to Do After a West Virginia Motorcycle Accident
While motorcycle accidents in West Virginia are not completely preventable, as we have seen, they can decrease. Whether this decrease was the result of increased driver attention, motorcycle safety classes/procedures, or some other cause is unclear, but there are steps you can take after a West Virginia motorcycle accident to protect your legal rights and recover compensation for your accident injuries.
The most important step is to seek immediate medical attention after the crash. Once your safety is secured and you have begun treatment for your injuries, you should contact a Clarksburg motorcycle accident lawyer who can look at the specifics of your West Virginia motorcycle accident and determine what options you have to seek compensation.
If another party or a vehicle defect caused your West Virginia motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim or defective product claim, respectively. An experienced Clarksburg motorcycle accident lawyer can determine any and all liable parties as well as the types of compensation you may be able to recover based on the extent of your injuries and how they have affected your life.
Compensation in a personal injury or defective product claim related to a West Virginia motorcycle accident may include funds for your:
- current and future medical expenses;
- current and future lost wages related to your injury;
- property damage costs;
- considerations for permanent scarring or disability; and
- non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Your Clarksburg motorcycle accident lawyer can outline the strengths and weaknesses in your case and work with the insurance companies on your behalf while you focus on recovery from your injuries.
Contacting a Clarksburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle accidents are often caused by larger vehicle drivers who don't understand how to safely share the road. If you have been harmed because of somebody else's negligence, don't hesitate to seek justice. The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.