As a personal injury law firm dealing in large part with cases involving motor vehicle accidents, we see many different sorts of cases, with hugely dissimilar effects. After all, each personal injury client is unique, with a different background, lifestyle and set of experiences–and even if the accident that unfortunately befell him or her is identical to another one, the case we see is almost always specific to the person. That’s why we can’t simply “repeat” the process used in one case on another–that would be a violation of one of the basic principles of personal injury law practice: the idea that every client deserves to be treated with full respect and compassion, and understood for the unique client they are.
That said, we often look at statistics to help explain larger concepts relating to each individual case, and since we live in a time where motor vehicles are so plentiful, there are lots and lots of bits of data on accidents that we can refer to. Another statistical fact? There are undeniable correlations between time of year and type and severity of accident. In the winter, for instance, snow and icy conditions can lead to highway accident involving cars and trucks. Now that we’re just about in the summer months, however, motorcycles have returned to the roads, and with them–unfortunately–have come more and more motorcycle accidents.
Because motorcycle accidents usually involve collisions with other vehicles which are better protected–large cars or trucks–the injuries sustained can be especially traumatic and long-lasting. The impact of an accident on the life of an injured motorcyclist can be greater than that suffered by an injured driver, even if the accident was a serious one. For instance, we recently dealt with a case in which a driver plowed through a stop sign on a quiet street, directly into the path of a motorcyclist with the right of way. In order to avoid a larger collision, the motorcyclist had to lie his bike down on the roadway, sustaining multiple rib fractures and a punctured lung, a tremendously painful set of injuries. Ultimately, the client was admitted to the hospital, administered pain medication for the severe pains he was feeling (so bad, in fact, that he was unable to get out of bed for three days), and eventually discharged, though he still had a long follow-up recovery ahead.
In addition to the physical effects of such an accident, there can be psychological ramifications as well. This client had such issues of lingering pain that convalescence took on a greater level of anxiety than he had known before. Headaches and migraines, secondary to his initial injuries but severe nonetheless, became commonplace, and the client’s usual hobbies of hiking and fishing (to say nothing of riding his motorcycle) became hotbeds of anxiousness.
In light of these tragic effects, we worked with the client to attain compensation in the full amount available under the bodily injury coverage of the at-fault driver’s insurance. In fact, we were prepared to go beyond those limits and pursue the driver personally for damages that went past the full authorized amount. Still, with our help, the injured party was able to receive the money he deserved–a compensation which can’t undo the devastating effects of his motorcycle accident, but which nonetheless provided a welcome opportunity to repay the costs of the injury and begin a return to normal life. As personal injury lawyers with our focus on the unique aspects of every case, it was the least we could do.