Mississippi Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The dangers of riding a motorcycle in Mississippi are abundantly clear and the numbers often speak for themselves. According to statistics recently made public by the CDC, if a motorcycle driver is involved in an accident, the likelihood that the driver will suffer either serious injury or death is enormously high: a stunning 98 percent of accidents involving a passenger vehicle resulted in serious injury to motorcyclists. Of that very large group, 45 percent managed to emerge with only minor injuries. That means that the rest, a majority of motorcyclists, were not as lucky and suffered severe, oftentimes life-altering injuries.
In Mississippi, the most frequently seen injuries to motorcyclists involve the head. Traumatic brain injuries and concussion are common, even in people who wear helmets. This does not mean that helmets are useless, far from it. Studies indicate that if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet at the time of a collision that rider’s risk of death is reduced by 37 percent.
Some other injuries often seen in motorcyclists include severely broken bones, especially legs, arms, shoulders and hands. The joints around a rider’s hips, knees and elbows are also vulnerable to breakage in serious accidents. Road rash and other damage to a rider’s skin is common, especially in cases where a rider has been thrown from his or her bike. Though problems can happen regardless of safety precautions, a rider dramatically reduces the risk of such injuries by wearing a helmet, riding jacket and other safety gear.
Though taking precautions by wearing safety gear will help in the event of an accident, the best way to ensure your wellbeing is to avoid an accident in the first place. Though this can be hard to do, especially for motorcyclists who are often at the mercy of other drivers, it’s critical that riders by aware of other drivers. Pay attention to their movements and make sure they see you whenever you try to pass another vehicle. Always avoid taking unnecessary risks and, it should go without saying, that all traffic laws should be followed without exception.
If you’ve been injured in a Mississippi motorcycle wreck, there are some things you can do to make sure your accident claim is in the best possible shape. Assuming you’re able to do so, the first step is to call the police. Law enforcement needs to begin the process of documenting the accident scene as well as the injuries you sustained. After the police have taken their reports and collected evidence, seek medical attention right away. Even if you think your injuries aren’t that severe the step is important because documentation by a physician could become critical if your case makes it way to trial. Finally, seeking the advice and counsel of an experienced Mississippi motorcycle accident attorney is important to ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm have the experience and skill to effectively manage your case and help you secure justice against those responsible for your injuries.
Our office has successfully helped numerous motorcyclists recover from the harm they received due to the carelessness of other drivers. Whether the damage is minor or catastrophic, you can seek justice from those responsible. Our attorneys understand how scary motorcycle accidents can be and are here to help during a very difficult period of your life. If you’ve been injured in a Mississippi motorcycle accident and have questions, please contact the motorcycle accident attorneys at The Stroud Law Firm.