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Motorcycle Accidents and Life Care Planning

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than occupants of cars; therefore, they are more likely to sustain serious injuries if involved in a crash. Roads are designed for heavier vehicles and road barriers and guardrails are made for deflecting the energy of a car.

For a motorcycle the upright posts found along the road can injure a motorcyclist directly. Changes in road surfaces are not usually a concern for a car but can create dangerous environments for a two wheeled “bike”. Motorcycle accidents can result in more severe injuries than a similar accident in a car or truck, as the driver and passenger are not protected by a chassis or seatbelt; the injuries can sometimes be catastrophic.

Life Care Planning for motorcycle incidents is the process of identifying and providing a cost projection for all future care related to the motorcycle injuries.

Catastrophic injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes could include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Amputations and bone fractures
  • Burn injuries/Road Rash
  • Chronic Pain

Dawn Cook specializes in Life Care Planning for catastrophic injuries, including motorcycle incidents. Call and speak to Dawn Cook if you would like more information about injury and life care plans.

References:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC Motorcycle Safety. Retrieved from  https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/mc/index.html

2016 Motorcycle Traffic Safety Stats.  February 2018, NHTSA. Retrieved from

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/Publication/812492

Tara Casanova Powell (Governor’s Highway Safety Data). (05/01/18). Motorcyclist Traffic Fatalities by State. Retrieved from https://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/ghsa_motorcyclists18.pdf