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Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Get You Back on the Road

We understand how dangerous accidents are for motorcycle riders

Having an accident in a car is a serious event, but getting into an accident on a motorcycle is often much worse. Without the protections a car has to offer, a motorcycle almost ensures that your injuries are compounded in a crash and will bring higher medical costs and longer recovery times. Serving Portland and Salem and surrounding areas,  the accident attorneys at Johnson & Taylor want to help you get coverage for your medical costs. Our strong focus on injury cases and personal attention can give you peace of mind, since you know that your case is getting the attention it deserves.

How much more dangerous is a motorcycle accident?

Motorcycle accidents are much more dangerous than car accidents because the rider is more exposed than the driver of a car or truck. Often, the rider’s only defense to injury is a helmet, which Oregon law requires, and protective clothing. Not surprisingly, fatal accidents are more likely to occur when riding a motorcycle than they are when driving a car. Below are some statistics for motorcycle accidents:

  • Per mile, a motorcyclist is 35 times more likely to be killed in an accident than the driver of a car.
  • A motorcyclist is eight times more likely to be injured in a crash than an occupant of a motor vehicle.
  • Motorcycle riders are 16 times more likely to sustain serious injuries in a crash.
  • 45 percent of motorcycle fatalities are from single-vehicle crashes.

The odds of having an accident and incurring serious injuries, or dying, in an accident are higher for motorcycle riders. Johnson & Taylor has the skill to help you recover from those at fault if you are injured in a motorcycle accident. Our personal injury attorneys do everything we can to get motorcyclists the compensation they deserve.

Common injuries associated with motorcycle accidents

The most common nonfatal injuries are to the legs and feet (30 percent), followed by the head and neck (22 percent), upper body (20 percent), and hands and arms (18 percent). Head injuries are the most common cause of fatal accidents, so wearing a helmet is your best defense. In fact, you are 40 percent more likely to die from a head injury if you do not wear a helmet. In addition to increasing your risk of having a fatal head injury, not wearing a helmet can reduce the amount of your injury settlement.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, your injuries can be much more severe than if you were in a car accident, leading to increased medical bills and a greater chance of lasting disability. The representation that Johnson & Taylor provides can give you the confidence to seek fair compensation. We can also institute a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one was killed by the negligence of another driver.

Let Oregon motorcycle accident lawyers help you get results

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, your medical bills could be staggering. If you cannot work because of your injury, other bills could start piling up. At Johnson & Taylor in Portland and Salem, we have the skills necessary to go after the settlement you deserve. Let us concentrate on your case so you can concentrate on your recovery. We offer free initial consultations for injury cases and can visit you at your home if you cannot come to our office. Contact us at 503-990-6641 or online.