Injured Motorcyclist Struggling to Get Better
Posted on August 22, 2016
A man who was seriously injured in a June motorcycle crash is still in the hospital struggling to recover from his accident-related wounds.
In the motorcycle crash, Jared Kovar was driving a car that crossed the center line on a roadway in West Oakland, California and hit motorcyclist Douglas Murken head-on. Authorities charged Kovar with aggravated assault by vehicle after determining that he was texting at the time and after discovering heroin in his Honda Accord.
Murken was airlifted to an area hospital, where doctors amputated his right leg above the knee. Additionally, Murken sustained a significant brain injury and a seriously injured elbow. So far, friends have raised $9,000 to help with Murken’s medical bills – and they hope to raise another $11,000.
“This man should not watch his family become homeless because of the careless actions of someone else,” one of his friends posted online in the aftermath of the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries Can Be Deadly
Motorcycle riders are 27 times more likely to die in vehicle collisions than vehicle occupants, largely because motorcycle riders are entirely unprotected from danger while vehicle occupants are shielded by multiple layers of protection. As seen in the case of Douglas Murken, these victims often face risky and extreme medical procedures, lengthy hospital stays, and long rehabilitation periods. Some of the most serious injuries in these motorcycle accident cases include:
- Road Burns: These large and painful abrasions often limit mobility for weeks or even months after the motorcycle crash.
- Joint Damage: Knees, hips, and other lower-extremity joints are especially vulnerable to injury, and they often need to be replaced with artificial joints.
- Head Injury: Even if the motorcycle accident victim is wearing a helmet, the neck, spine, and forehead are completely exposed to the risk of massive injuries.
Damages in a motorcycle crash case can include compensation for both economic losses, like medical bills, and noneconomic damages, like loss of consortium (companionship and contribution to household maintenance).
Medical Bills for Motorcycle Accident Victims
The nature and extent of the injuries to a motorcyclist nearly always require long term, specialized care; unfortunately, many insurance companies hesitate to pay bills that are related to motor vehicle collisions and many victims lack the resources to pay cash. In these situations, attorneys typically send letters of protection to third-party providers, who then give the victims all the treatment and care that is medically necessary without upfront cost because they are guaranteed a portion of a future settlement.
As an added bonus, an attorney can negotiate with third-party providers for a lower fee, which means more money goes directly to the victims. In the unlikely event that there is no settlement or damage award, or there are insufficient funds to pay the entire bill, the victim is typically not responsible for any unpaid charges.
Motorcycle-vehicle crashes often result in serious, long-term injuries. For a free consultation with an aggressive personal injury attorney in Manhattan, contact Proner and Proner today. We do not charge upfront legal fees in personal injury cases.