When a motorcycle and a truck collide, it is usually the motorcyclist that suffers the most harm, regardless of which driver was at fault for the crash. This is what happened earlier this week, when a motorcycle collision with a dump truck occurred in West Bloomfield after the truck driver stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a dog running in the road. The motorcycle accident victim survived but is reported to have suffered a back injury and a cut to his mouth. The driver of the truck was not injured.
This motorcycle collision could easily have turned deadly, as many do. According to the New York State Department of Vehicles' Summary of Motorcycle Crashes, there were 168 fatal motorcycle crashes in New York in 2011. More than 170 people were killed in those accidents with the vast majority of those fatalities suffered by the driver of the motorcycle. Six motorcycle passengers died as did three pedestrians.
However, crash statistics indicate that most motorcycle accident victims survive. In 2011, there were 4,550 non-fatal motorcycle crashes, 1,033 of which were rated as "serious" by the DMV. Just as the West Bloomfield accident victim survived with personal injuries, 5,180 persons motorcycle drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists but sustained personal injuries.
Though surviving a motorcycle accident is reason to celebrate, catastrophic injuries often result from bike crashes. Injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injury, head injury, and neck injury could lead to permanent disability. Depending on who is determined to be the negligent party, the motorcycle accident victim may have legal recourse under which to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering, among others.
Source: MessengerPost, "Motorcyclist Injured in Crash With Dump Truck in West Bloomfield," June 21, 2013