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Motorcycle accidents have been a common problem in Long Beach for the past few years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made efforts to decrease deaths and injuries. According to their statement, “Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.” 

With the NHTSA initiating these actions, it may help prevent future motorcyclists from losing their lives. Even experienced ridgers can get themselves into a collision if they are not aware of their surroundings or perform reckless tricks or actions on the road. Not only will they potentially harm themselves, but they may also injure or kill other drivers surrounding them along with pedestrians.

Those who have fallen victim to a motorcycle accident are highly recommended to contact West Coast Trial Lawyers and speak with our skilled Long Beach motorcycle accident attorneys. We have won over 5,000 cases and acquired more than $1 billion in settlements for our clients. Due to our success in handling our client’s cases, we have been recognized as one of the top personal injury law firms in Long Beach. 

With over 60 years of collective legal experience, our Long Beach motorcycle accident attorneys are positive that we will not disappoint you with our services. We offer a free, no obligation consultation at our Long Beach personal injury law firm. To schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys, contact our 24/7 available legal team by calling (562) 396-9874 or emailing [email protected]

Motorcycle Accidents Vs. Car Accidents

There are many differences when it comes to motorcycles and cars. Motorcycles are one of the most dangerous vehicles to operate. They do not offer a sufficient amount of protection, are smaller than an average car, and speed levels are difficult to control, especially for those who are inexperienced. The main problem that both vehicles have in common is when they are ridden by an intoxicated or negligent driver or rider. The end-result of this can often be fatal for both. 

When it comes to common causes, both vehicles have some things in common while others are vastly different. For motorcycles, there are certain types of causes that contribute to an accident. This includes:

  • Speeding,
  • Intoxication,
  • Road hazards,
  • Lane splitting,
  • Left-hand turns, or
  • Distractions.

Common causes of a car accident include

  • Speeding, 
  • Intoxication, 
  • Distractions,
  • Fatigue, or
  • Aggression. 
Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol is more common with motorcyclists than drivers. About one out of three motorcycle accidents (33 percent) involve alcohol, compared to 25 percent of car accidents. Motorcyclists who have been in motorcycle accidents late at night have been known for having a high BAC level of 0.08. 

Injuries And Death

It is more expected for motorcyclists to experience severe injuries compared to drivers. Since motorcycles do not offer as much protection as cars do, riders are more prone to suffer life-threatening injuries. However, they can typically share the same injuries. Common injuries for a motorcyclist include:

  • Broken bones,
  • Harsh cuts,
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI), 
  • Bruises,
  • Back injury,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
  • Internal bleeding,
  • Road rash, or 
  • Neck injury or whiplash.

Common injuries in a car accident include:

  • Cuts,
  • Bruises,
  • Neck injury or whiplash, 
  • Broken bones,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
  • Abdominal pain,
  • Respiratory difficulties, 
  • Head injuries, or
  • Back injury.

California witnesses motorcycle accidents and car accidents every day. In 2018, about 3,651 motor vehicle deaths were documented. Both motorcycles and cars have contributed to a large portion of this total amount. 

Can A Motorcycle Accident Cause PTSD?

Motorcycle accidents have the potential of triggering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Victims have different reactions when they are involved in a collision. There are those who will continue to ride motorcycles and there are others who may vow to never get on one ever again. Some riders can develop symptoms, which include:

  • Anxiety,
  • Depression, or 
  • Psychological conditions relating to PTSD.

When it comes to PTSD, there are several types of symptoms that may emerge after a motorcycle accident. This includes:

  • Lack of sleep,
  • Nightmares,
  • Scary thoughts,
  • Flashbacks of the collision,
  • Lack of socialization,
  • Excessive alcohol consumption,
  • Reckless behavior relating to self-destruction. 
  • Lack of focus. 

Some of these symptoms are normal to experience after a collision. They eventually disappear after a couple days or weeks after the unfortunate event. If the victim is dealing with these symptoms for more than a month, they should get an evaluation by a medical expert. 

Treatment For PTSD

Once a victim is diagnosed with PTSD, treatment should commence immediately after. Those suffering from PTSD will be told to attend counseling and psychotherapy to start their recovery process. Doctors may also provide medication, such as antidepressants to properly maintain the victim’s mood. Failure to seek treatment or take necessary medication to treat PTSD may cause the victim’s mental health to become worse than what it already is. 

Who Does PTSD Affect in Motorcycle Accidents?

There are different types of people that can get affected by a motorcycle accident. This includes: 

  • Bystanders,
  • Emergency personnel, or
  • Victim’s friends and family.
Settlements For PTSD

PTSD will make it difficult for victims to live a normal life. Their day-to-day lifestyle will be drastically altered. This can include not attending work and avoiding social activities. Additionally, those suffering from PTSD could have suicidal thoughts. This is a common problem that has triggered an increase in the likelihood of suicide for those who suffer from this mental illness. 

If you are interested in filing a lawsuit against the party at-fault for your motorcycle accident, you are permitted to include your costs for PTSD treatment in your settlement. You may also mention any lost wages you endured due to your absence at work for your hospital visits, and any mental health issues that have kept you away from leaving your home.

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If you were the victim of a motorcycle accident, West Coast Trial Lawyers has experienced Long Beach motorcycle accident attorneys that will work tirelessly to ensure that you are getting the maximum financial and medical compensation you deserve. Reach out to our legal team 24/7 by calling (562) 396-9874 or emailing [email protected] to schedule a free consultation at our Long Beach personal injury law firm.

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