Car and motorcycle accidents occur at a similar rate in the U.S., effecting millions of people that sustain injury to person and property. However, the severity of injuries that motorcyclists sustain are more significant and often more life-threatening than car operators. A government study found that motorcyclists were more than 35 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than 4-wheel vehicle drivers. Knowing and preparing for the main causes of motorcycle accidents is an important precaution for any motorcyclists.
Head on collisions are responsible for around half of all fatal motorcycle accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These crashes generally occur when a vehicle pulls out in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. In these cases, the driver of the motor vehicle is often at fault. The most frequent reasons for these are not realizing the speed of the motorcyclist or not seeing the motorcycle on the road.
Single motorcycle accidents occur most often when the driver of the motorcycle recklessly operates the vehicle. This may be due to impaired judgment after alcohol consumption or reckless speeding. Speeding impairs control of the vehicle and prevents the operator from maneuvering the motorcycle normally, causing the inability to navigate turns or respond to the actions of other drivers.
Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, road hazards present a significant threat to motorcyclists’ safety. Road conditions, pot holes, and other objects in the road may cause serious injury to a motorcyclist that is unable to void the hazard. Without the protective metal encasement that a car provides, a motorcyclist is more susceptible to serious injury or death.
Injuries that a motorcyclist may procure could be permanent and debilitating. Motorcyclists are most susceptible to head injuries, especially in instances when a helmet is not present. Other common injuries include spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and road rash.
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver or faulty roadway, contact a personal injury lawyer in your area. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the physical and emotional damage they caused you.