As the weather becomes warmer and days grow longer, many motorcyclists begin to take their bikes on the road again. Unfortunately, this time of year signifies more motorcycle accidents as well. In 2019 alone, over 84,000 motorcyclists were injured while on the road.
Injuries can vary based on the severity of the accident. Some of the more common injuries include bone fractures, dislocations, brain injuries and spinal injuries. Some drivers who suffer from an accident may become paraplegic, quadriplegic or experience another type of permanent disability.
Does age play a role in injuries?
The age of the driver may affect the severity of injuries incurred from a motorcycle accident as well as the type of injury incurred. Middle-aged motorcyclists are 66% more likely to experience a serious injury in a motorcycle accident when compared to younger cyclists. Additionally, motorcyclists who are 60 years of age or older are three times more likely to need hospital attention after an accident than riders below the age of 30.
In terms of severity of injuries, motorcyclists middle-aged and older are more likely to experience internal organ injuries, specifically brain injuries. Researchers believe these more severe injuries may be due to physical changes that come with age.
How do I know if I’ll be compensated for my injuries?
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you should understand relevant laws if you would like to seek compensation for your injuries. West Virginia follows a modified comparative negligence law, which means that if the plaintiff is more than 50% at fault for their accident, they cannot collect compensation. There may be other state laws that affect compensation you can receive, such as the statute of limitations. To ensure you receive compensation for your injuries, do your research so you can get the justice you deserve for your accident.