The lack of safety features, speed and lighter weight compared to other vehicles on the road are among the factors that result in catastrophic motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash, the damage might be extensive. Recovery often becomes a long-term process.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists were four times more likely to sustain injuries than occupants of passenger vehicles, such as sedans or light-duty trucks in 2019. Each situation is different, but several factors can affect the cost of a motorcycle crash.
Hospital bills and related expenses are the most costly part of a motorcycle accident. Depending on the unique circumstances of the collision, you may have severe to life-altering injuries that include:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
In addition to being painful, these injuries may require an extended recovery period. Some damage takes months to years of medical treatments, multiple surgeries and ongoing physical therapy.
Regaining mobility and recovering from the crash takes time. Returning to work quickly may not be an option if you have significant injuries. In addition, you may require medications or adaptive equipment that prevents you from returning to the job you had before your accident. Some damage might be permanent, and you may need full or part-time help.
After a motorcycle crash, you may suffer from flashbacks and nightmares. Recovering from the emotional trauma of the accident takes time and many people require help. If your crash was the consequence of a negligent driver, it’s critical that you understand your rights and get compensation for the financial, physical and emotional damage it caused.