According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 4,500 Americans died in motorcycle crashes in 2010. This is a 55 percent increase since 2000. Currently, motorcycle crashes cost our country more than 12 billion dollars a year in medical care and lost productivity.
Why are Cedar Rapids motorcycle crashes so expensive?
Motorcycle accidents involve serious injuries. When a car is involved in a crash, the occupant is protected by seat belts, airbags, crumple zones, and a metal frame. A motorcyclist has only his gear for protection. Motorcycle accidents tend to result in serious injuries including disfigurement, crush injuries, burns, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. The average cost of a fatal motorcycle injury is $16,000. The average cost of treatment for a motorcycle accident victim without a head injury is $15,000. The average cost of treating a motorcycle accident brain injury is $43,000. The costs will vary by state.
But medical treatment of injuries isn’t the only cost associated with a Cedar Rapids motorcycle crash. Related costs include loss of wages, reduced quality of life and pain and suffering. These costs average $211,000 per accident victim.
It is no surprise that insurance companies don’t want to pay these costs. They will do everything they can to reduce the settlement they pay out—including using your words against you. For this reason, it is extremely important for Iowa motorcycle accident victims to know about their rights and the compensation they are entitled to.
Our Cedar Rapids motorcycle lawyers believe information is your friend. We’ve written a book to help you protect your rights while you deal with the insurance companies. Use the link on this page to request your free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims or call Hupy and Abraham at 888-807-2752.