If you are injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, then you should be prepared to pay a lot of money for your recovery. Unless you have exceptional insurance, then you will likely have to pay a large deductible, cover medication costs and possibly pay for rehabilitation sessions for a long period of time. If you have no insurance then you will likely end up paying tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, not to mention missing out on work, and the quality of life in the meantime, which shouldn’t be the case if the motorcycle accident wasn’t your fault.
Let’s discuss some of the common costs of injuries sustained as a result of a motorcycle accident, with averages in the United States. Your insurance may cover this, or it may cover after a deductible, In general, motorcycle accidents cost more than motor vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, showing that motor vehicle accident medical bills were on average $13,200 for motorcycle accidents but only $11,265 on average for regular car accidents and the associated medical treatments.
The most common primary injury is a broken leg or a broken arm, as a result of your leg or arm striking the ground when your bike goes down. This particular injury, if it is the only one that you have, costs on average $9,052. This is for common fractures or breaks and will likely include weeks of walking on crutches or being in a cast as well as the cost of such injuries. If you have associated lacerations and abrasions on your skin, this may cost you a great deal of money as well, depending upon how severe they are.
Spinal cord injuries can be a great deal more expensive with costs reaching up over $26,000. You may also have to spend a great deal of time in bed, or have ended up without the use of your arms or legs as a result and may in fact, be in a wheelchair either for a great deal of time or permanently after your accident. Of course, the hospital stay may only be the first stage in your long road to recovery, as you may require the use of crutches and physical therapy to get you back to the person you once were, if that is still possible.
If you have sustained injuries like these as a result of a motorcycle accident, then you know the costs associated with such an event. Not only are there true costs, as far as hospital stays, medications and rehabilitation, but there are also costs such as wages, jobs or the quality of life. If you have been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, or was only partially your fault, then you should consider contacting a motorcycle injury attorney to determine if you can collect compensation for the suffering that you are now enduring.