As a law firm with vast experience representing motorcycle riders, we know that, for many, riding is more than simply a mode of transportation; it is a way of life. This passion is demonstrated by the thousands of riders who come to town for the biannual Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally. A WJHG headline suggests that last weekend's rally and the Bike Week that led up to it may have been the biggest ever. Unfortunately, even the safest of riders is at risk when negligent drivers fail to exercise due care behind the wheel. Our Panama City motorcycle accident law firm is proud to serve the motorcycle community when these motorcycle accidents occur.
In recent decades, the popularity of motorcycles has skyrocketed. According to the Network for Employers for Traffic Safety ("NETS"), there are more than 6.2 million motorcycles registered nationwide. Unfortunately, this popularity has led to a significant increase in motorcycle-related fatalities, with the number of deaths more than doubling over a decade. Motorcycles represent only 2% of all registered vehicles, but they are involved in more than 10% of crashes in the U.S. In 2006, 88,000 riders were injured in highway crashes, and 4,810 died, making motorcycle riders more than 37 times more likely to die per mile travelled than passenger vehicle occupants.
At The Pittman Firm, we know that motorcycle crashes can lead to a wide range of injuries. There are (relatively) the minor injuries like broken bones, torn ligaments, and "road rash." There are also major, life-altering and life-threatening injuries. These can include:
An accident can completely change a victim's life. There can be huge financial costs including not only medical bills and lost wages, but also the costs of modifying a victim's home to make it handicapped-accessible and the costs of travelling for medical care. Victims with permanent injuries may also need home health aides and other assistance with household tasks that the victim used to be able to do for him or herself. Furthermore, there is the mental and emotional impact of a major crash and the resulting injuries.
While an ever-increasing litany of features are designed to keep automobile occupants safe, the fact remains that motorcycles provide virtually no protection to riders. This makes riders vulnerable when the negligence of an inattentive driver leads to a collision. For more than 30 years, Attorney Wes Pittman has represented people injured in motorcycle accidents in Panama City and the surrounding regions. We are proud to serve the motorcycle community. Call if we can help you.