According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 6.6 million motorcycles are registered across the country. The numbers exclude scooters. And motor vehicle accidents are reportedly the primary cause of head injuries. In Colorado and elsewhere, motorcycle crashes often leave bikers with catastrophic head injuries and long-term disabilities.
The NHTSA reports that although annual motorcycle accident numbers decreased between 1990 and 1997, there has been a 40% increase since then, causing the deaths of approximately 2,500 motorcyclists each year. Thousands more motorcycle accident victims end up with life-changing disabilities.
Potential consequences of catastrophic injuries
The consequences of catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries could include the following:
- Mental trauma
- Paralysis caused by spinal cord trauma
- Complete or partial limb amputations
- Loss of sensory abilities like deafness or blindness
- Cognitive and physical limitations caused by neurological trauma
- Loss of mobility due to physical deformation of limbs
A significant percentage of catastrophic injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents are said to involve the limbs and heads of bikers.
The loss of a limb or any other severe disabilities caused by motorcycle accidents is devastating. The consequences typically impact a crash victim’s physical, psychological, personal and economic life.
Victims of catastrophic injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents in Denver or elsewhere in Colorado might have grounds to take legal steps to pursue recovery of monetary damages, based on the negligence of another. A documented claim, substantiated by medical bills and doctors’ reports, typically includes current and future financial and emotional. A successfully presented personal injury claim could result in a monetary judgment against the party or parties found negligent.