While motorcycles only account for 2% of registered motor vehicles in the U.S., motorcycle accidents account for over 5% of all accidents each year. They are the leading cause of fatal roadway accidents in this country. Motorcycle fatalities and serious injuries total more than double that of passenger vehicle accidents. Why? Because on a motorcycle, the level of exposure of the biker is so substantial. There is little to no protection between a person and the roadway. Helmets and other wearable safety gear like jackets, boots and heavy pants are often all that stands between the motorcycle rider and an impact.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, eighty percent of reported motorcycle crashes result in serious injury. Injuries can range from minor to disabling, such as limb amputations, spinal cord injuries, paralysis and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Road rash, facial fractures, broken bones and burns are the most common motorcycle crash injuries.
Even the most experienced and careful motorcyclist won’t be immune from accident or injury. Thus, it is imperative for riders to wear protective gear like helmets, boots, gloves, motorcycle jackets and durable pants. Of course, proper safety precautions should always be observed to avoid accidents and/or lessen any serious injuries should a motorcycle accident occur.
Passenger vehicle drivers may be prejudiced against motorcycle riders, believing that the smaller and more vulnerable motorcycles should look out for cars and trucks rather than vice-versa. It can be difficult to see a motorcycle on the road, especially when drivers are distracted. When drivers of cars or commercial trucks think they own the road and fail to see motorcycles, the results can be tragic. As if the trauma of a motorcycle crash is not distressing enough, a motorcycle accident case can be a challenging personal injury claim because of the attitude many people hold toward riders.
Causes and contributing factors of motorcycle accidents and injuries can include:
- Alcohol use
- Defective motorcycles
- Distracted Driving
- Drivers violating the motorcycle’s right of way
- Unlicensed and/or inexperienced drivers
- Unsafe road conditions
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer familiar with the different types of bikes, risks and applicable motorcycle laws. Craft Law Firm has access to experts who can help investigate the facts of the accident and hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.