Mississippi has one of the lowest motorcycle registration rates in the country, but a disproportionate number of fatalities afflict the state.
Unfortunately, some drivers fail to respect motorcyclists’ rights, going so far as to resent their presence on the road. Hostility towards motorcyclists can lead to serious accidents, resulting in major injuries, long-term permanent disability, and even death.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Morgan & Morgan’s Jackson office understand the danger riders face on the road, and the difficulties experienced trying to get fair treatment when an accident occurs.
We’re proud to have represented numerous motorcycle accident victims in Mississippi, and stand ready to help you get the compensation you need to give you peace of mind, and get your life back on track.
Challenges Faced by Mississippi Motorcycle Riders
Some of the dangers associated with riding motorcycles come with the territory. The Insurance Information Institute and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimate motorcyclists are 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die, and five times more likely to be injured.
This is because motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable, and so much more likely to be injured when an accident does occur. Motorcyclists are also more likely to be involved in accidents in general.
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible, and some drivers ignore or don’t recognize their presence on the road. It’s far too easy for careless motorists to let motorcyclists slip into a blind spot, misjudge the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle, or fail to see riders at all.
Actions like sudden left turns or lane changes can impact motorcyclists even if they don’t hit them, running them off the road or forcing them to make a dangerous maneuver to avoid getting hit.
But others have to do with where they drive, too. Mississippi’s roads, particularly in Jackson but around the state, are in a period of disrepair, which may affect your ride and endanger you. All these hazards can cause a variety of motorcycle accidents.
Common Motorcycle Injuries in Mississippi
Any motor vehicle accident has the potential to cause serious injuries. But Mississippi motorcyclists fall prey to injuries that might not normally affect drivers, like injuries to the skin, head, and spine.
Even with the proper safety equipment, traumatic brain injury and spinal injuries are common among motorcyclists, and this type of damage could take weeks or months to appear. Because of the difficulty seeing them, especially in minor accidents, your physical damage might be minimized by an insurance company unless it’s backed up with a strong attorney and associated medical evidence.
Direct contact with the road can also cause “road rash,” a skin injury caused by direct contact with the road, most often at high speed.
These are just a few of the injuries you might experience as an avid motorcyclist who gets in an unfortunate accident through no fault of your own. We’re here to help.
Some of Our Biggest Motorcycle Accident Verdicts
Our firm’s work around the nation has focused on getting motorcycle accident victims the help they need. We’ve successfully achieved large verdicts for several of our clients, including:
- $47.5 million verdict awarded to a 27-year-old man whose motorcycle was struck head-on by a pickup truck going the wrong way, resulting in multiple broken bones, a shattered jaw, and a collapsed lung.
- $26 million verdict for an Iraqi war veteran who was in a motorcycle accident and sustained permanent brain damage.
- $1.35 million verdict after an SUV driver changed lanes, colliding with a motorcycle and causing closed head injuries for both riders on the motorcycle.
These represent some of our most impressive victories.
Contact Our Jackson Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Today
Unfortunately, some motorists marginalize, ignore, and even resent riders, even though you have an equal right to the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Jackson or around Mississippi, you need representation that will work hard for you.
At Morgan & Morgan, our lawyers have had significant success representing motorcycle accident victims, and have achieved a number of significant settlements, awards, and verdicts. We aren’t afraid to fight for you, and try our hardest to get you the compensation you need. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form if you’re ready today.