Austin Motorcycle Accident Paralysis Attorneys
Motorcyclists understand how serious their injuries can be if their bikes go down. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is increasing concern about the safety of motorcyclists on U.S. highways. In fact, motorcyclist fatalities have increased over the past ten years. With little to protect them in a crash, motorcyclists often suffer spinal cord injuries leading to paralysis.
If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, Austin, Texas motorcycle attorney Ray King knows that nothing can undo what has been done. He also understands the discrimination motorcyclists can face when it comes to dealing with biased insurance companies who fight payment of compensation for the injuries you have suffered. He will investigate your accident, and if he determines that your injuries were the fault of another, he will aggressively defend your right to the compensation you deserve. Call (512) 375-4455 to discuss the details of your case at no cost to you.
Severe injuries possible in motorcycle accidents include traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. The two can in fact be related as four percent of all those who suffer from paralysis do so because of an injury to the brain. According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center, nearly one in 50 live with some type of paralysis. Their studies show that approximately six million people in the U.S. suffer from paralysis. That is over one million more than previously estimated.
After a motorcycle crash, paralysis can be caused by spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
The highest percentages of spinal cord injuries and TBI's are caused by motor vehicle accidents, including motorcycle accidents, and on-the-job injuries. Males are almost twice as likely to become paralyzed from spinal cord injuries as females.
Those who suffer from tetraplegia have sustained injuries to one of the eight cervical segments of the spinal cord.
Those with paraplegia have lesions located in the spinal cord's lumbar, thoracic, or sacral regions.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the monetary costs of living with paralysis can be extraordinary. They vary with the severity of injury.
- The cost of living with high tetraplegia (C1-C4 vertebrae) is $1,023,924 for the first year and on average $171,808 each subsequent year.
- The cost of living with low tetraplegia (C5-C8 vertebrae) is initially $739,874 and $109,077 for each subsequent year.
- Paraplegia costs are $499,023 the first year and $66,106 for years thereafter.
- The cost for suffering incomplete motor functioning at any level averages $334,170 the first year and $40,589 for subsequent years.
Monetary costs associated with paralysis are only part of the story. If you have suffered paralysis after becoming injured in a motorcycle accident, your quality of life will never be the same. Austin motorcycle attorney Ray King will fight for compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Call (512) 375-4455 for a free consultation. Ray is proud to provide his clients with both moral support and effective legal representation.