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Riding a motorcycle is something enjoyed by many in Oakville during the warmer months and as a result motorcycle ownership has increased tremendously in the last 25 years. As of 2014 there were over 213,283 registered owners in Ontario. From 2008-2014, 175 deaths were reported and over 736 injuries. Statistics revealed numerous contributing factors, namely, alcohol, inexperienced drivers, unlicensed drivers, speed, risk taking, and road rage. There are also numerous reported accidents where motorcycle deaths and negligence occurred due to the negligence of other drivers on the road.
The report noted many of the fatalities were not a result of wet roads or poor driving conditions. Instead, they occurred on dry roads and the majority of drivers were male in the 45-54 age group. The reported number of accidents involved another vehicle, which in most cases is usually a passenger automobile. Nearly half occurred in traffic situations, highways, roads and public streets. The province noted the vulnerability motorcyclists face and the disadvantage on our roads. Motorcyclists are more than 15 to 18 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle collision. If a collision occurs, they are 30% more likely to incur serious injuries and 33 times more likely to die than a driver in a motor vehicle.
Hospitals report brain injuries and serious fractures as the most common injuries sustained by motorcyclists. Brain injuries account for about 10% of injured motorcyclists. Spinal cord injuries and pelvic fractures, leg fractures and arm fractures were the most common types of orthopedic injuries suffered by motorcyclists. 80 % of motorcyclists were eventually discharged into the care of a family physician while close to 15% remained in patient care given the extensive nature of their injuries.
Although the majority of motorcyclists wear personal protective gear such as leather jackets, helmets, gloves, the reality is accidents which occur at high speed will almost certainly result in injury. Another common result of motorcycle accidents are eventual limb amputations due to the serious nature of injury. When motorcyclists are involved in high speed collisions, the extent of orthopedic fractures can be devastating which ultimately result in limb amputation.
If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury as a result of a motorcycle accident in Oakville, we understand that the injury’s impact on daily living is devastating. Motorcyclists who have been seriously injured will undoubtedly experience many changes which will affect his or her social life, work and relationships. Income potential will be drastically affected and as a result the ability to earn income will likely be affected.
As experienced Oakville motorcycle injury lawyers, we examine the facts and review your future lost income, future rehabilitation and health care costs and work with you to maximize your recovery. Vocational rehabilitation, life care and life skills planning should not be an option but rather a definite for a person injured by the fault of another. Our skilled and experienced Oakville personal injury lawyers would be pleased to meet with you and discuss your options. Call us today at 905-337-9568 or complete a no-obligation consultation form.