Two motorcyclists remain hospitalized for the serious injuries they sustained after being involved in a car verses bike accident around 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. KSL news reports that the two motorcyclists were riding through the intersection of 12300 South and Minuteman Drive in Draper, Utah, when a car struck the pair. The force of the accident was so severe that debris was all over, which kept the intersection closed for an hour for cleanup. The motorist, a woman, was cited for failing to yield before turning left. Draper police are investigating whether the woman was talking or texting on her cell phone before other possible citations are issued.
Motorcyclist Suffers Spinal Cord Injuries
The two motorcyclists were transported to a local area hospital with injuries to their backs and lower legs. Spinal Cord injuries, a common injury for motorcycle accident victims, are severe and can be especially harmful and life-altering. The spinal cord consists of a large network of nerve tissue that is the core of the central nervous system. Damaging the spinal cord can have devastating effects including the loss of mobility in the arms and legs, loss of motor function and sensation. Victims of spinal cord injuries may also suffer from long term headaches, migraines, muscle spasms and severe pain.
Statistics You Need to Hear
According to data gathered by the National Spinal Cord Injury Association:
- roughly 12,000 people each year suffer from a spinal cord injury
- 44% of spinal cord injuries result from accidents involving motor vehicles
- The average hospital stay for spinal cord injury victims is 79 days
- The average hospital charge is over $99,000.
Liability Issues: Speak to a Skilled Utah Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a family member has been injured in a Utah motorcycle accident, it is wise to contact an experienced Salt Lake motorcycle accident attorney, who can assist you through the difficult process of filing a personal injury claim and negotiating with insurance adjusters. Motorcycle accidents require special attention as many factors play into liability such as speed, registration and insurance coverage issues. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our skilled Utah personal injury attorneys, please call 801.506.0800.