Three people were injured in a crash on U.S. 95 just north of Lucille, Idaho. The accident happened on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, when a 2001 Oldsmobile crossed into oncoming traffic hitting a motorcycle head on.
The rider and passenger of the motorcycle were flown to St Joseph Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, and the driver of the Oldsmobile was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center in Mcall, Idaho.
It’s unknown what caused the car to cross over the centerline, and police are still investigating the accident.
Head-On Motorcycle Accidents
The head-on collision is the deadliest accident type according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While head-on collisions make up only two percent of all crashes, they account for around 10 percent of all traffic fatalities.
For motorcyclists, a head-on in even more deadly. Statistics show that when someone gets on a motorcycle, they are 28 times more likely to be killed in a crash than the occupant of a car or truck. In a head-on, those on a motorcycle have much less protection than do the occupants of the car. This leads to more serious injuries and a higher risk of death.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Head-On Collision
The lack of protection is the primary reason head-on collisions on a motorcycle can produce fatalities or serious injuries. In just about every motorcycle crash, the occupants of the bike suffer two—maybe more—significant impacts: one when the bike and other vehicle hit, and the other when the bike occupants hit the pavement. A serious injury can happen with any of these blows.
Some of the injuries common to a motorcycle crash are:
- Blunt Force Trauma
- Head Injuries/Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken Writs
- Broken Ribs
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Chest Compressions
- Organ Damage
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
What do I do if I’ve Been Injured in a Motorcycle Head-On Accident?
If this has happened to you, then you need to talk to an attorney who can give you unbiased advice and explain your rights to you. At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we offer a free consultation where you can ask questions and become informed about your options.
Don’t talk to an insurance adjuster before you speak to an attorney. They have a job to do which is to pay you as little as they can for your injuries, and they are good at it. You need a professional on your side to give you unbiased advice.
We serve clients in Spokane, Washington, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and surrounding communities. Our attorneys can go toe-to-toe with any insurance company and their lawyers to get you fair compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (509) 926-4900, or send us a message online by clicking here.