Motorcycle accidents are the number one cause of fatal roadway accidents across the country. While they don’t occur more frequently than car crashes, they are often more devastating. In fact, motorcyclists are approximately twenty-six times more likely to die in an accident and five times as likely to be injured than those riding in a passenger vehicle.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Two-thirds of all motorcycle crashes that involve another vehicle happen because the other driver did not yield to the rider’s right of way. Other causes include:
Improper Riding Skills – Many motorcycle accidents are caused by the rider’s lack of basic riding skills or failure to understand the motorcycle’s limitations. It’s best for all new riders to take a safety course.
Road Hazards – When it comes to road hazards such as debris, pot holes, puddles, and oil slicks, motorcycles can be greatly affected.
Visual Recognition – Motorcycles make smaller visual targets than a car or SUV, which means they could be obscured by other vehicles or even by road or weather conditions. These factors are especially problematic at intersections where nearly seventy percent of all motorcycle-versus-vehicle collisions happen.
Riders can receive a wide array of injuries as a result of an accident, such as broken bones, burns, and torn cartilage. However, the most common is a traumatic brain injury, and symptoms include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Blurred vision
- Memory loss
- Ringing in the ears
If you need a motorcycle accident attorney, contact us. You may be entitled to receive a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company. The consultation is free, and if you have a case, we’ll work hard to get you the outcome you deserve.