Dirt biking is more dangerous than on-road motorcycling. Factors such as mud, steep grades, sandy dunes and heavy vegetation are extreme elements that contribute to this risk.
Although a high percentage of dirt bike injuries are minor, the yearly rate of dirt bike accidents is on the rise. Teenagers and young adults are the primary victims of dirt bike accidents.
Dirt bike accident injuries
Dirt bikers are not required to have driver’s licenses, which is inviting to minors, increasing the risk of motorcycle accidents as they are mostly inexperienced drivers. Reckless driving is one of the causes of dirt bike accidents. Most injuries occur when a rider neglects to respect other riders or fails to follow basic safety procedures. The riders can suffer serious fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and even wrongful death.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that dirt bike riding is increasingly popular among youths. According to its report, the CDC analyzed 1,319 cases in which patients were 19 years old or younger (and 88.4 percent male) and treated for dirt motorcycle accident injuries in emergency rooms. Based on the data, the CDC estimates that there are thousands of dirt bike accident injuries each year in each of these categories:
- Contusions (bruises)
- Abrasions (scrapes)
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Strain / Sprain
- Internal injury
- Burns and dislocations
Serious injuries (i.e., fractures or internal injuries) accounted for 39.1%. The head or neck was the primary body part affected in 16.8% of cases, of which 47.4% involved an internal head injury.
Dirt bike accident claims
If your accident was caused by another person’s negligence, the responsible party may be liable for your medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, and pain and suffering. Those who sponsor rides for under-age/inexperienced bikers must claim responsibility for them, as the rides should be conducted under their supervision. If they failed to do so, they may laible for the injuries caused.
Contact dirt bike accident lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a dirt bike accident, we can help. Having a diligent motorcycle accident lawyer fighting for your interests is crucial against opposing insurance companies and their lawyers. Our attorneys at The Reinken Law Firm provide nothing but diligence and expertise. Call us today at 203-541-0090/ 800-987-8780 / 203-491-4404 / 203-418-7037.