The Cost of a Motorcycle Accident

Apart from the intrinsic joys associated with driving a motorcycle, many owners also note the economic advantages of ownership such as lower cost of purchasing the initial bike and greater fuel efficiency.  However, just as owning and driving a motorcycle presents its own unique advantages, when it comes to an accident, it also presents challenges.According to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, as of December 2012, 133 motorcyclists have been killed in Tennessee.  This is up from 114 killed in 2011.  Motorcycle accidents are unique accidents in that the driver or rider are not provided any protection from an accident by the vehicle itself.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that motorcyclists are thirty times more likely to be killed in an accident than a person in a car.  Victims are usually thrown onto pavement, stationary objects along the road, and other vehicles. With this high number of fatalities, the serious nature of motorcycle accidents is obvious.For those that are fortunate enough to survive a motorcycle accident, the costs of coping with the accident can be extremely high. Some of these costs include:

  • Visits to Doctors’ offices
  • Surgeries
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation

Depending on the severity of injuries sustained from the accident, the costs for these medical services could be hundreds of thousands, up to millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime. In addition to medical services, a victim may need modifications made to his or her housing and transportation such as:

  • Ramps
  • Accessible kitchens
  • Accessible bathrooms
  • Modifications to a vehicle’s access, steering system, brake/accelerator systems, and interior

With these potentially exorbitant expenses, it is important that a victim of a motorcycle accident seek counsel from an experienced Tennessee motorcycle attorney.  The Memphis law firm of Bailey & Greer represents motorcycle accident victims with integrity and compassion. Contact us today at 901-680-9777 for a free consultation.