Motorcycle accidents are often deadly or result in permanent disabilities. Mainly because of the lack of safety measures and foolproof protective equipment, motorcycle accidents are 35 times more deadly than any other kind of traffic accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many of today’s motorcycle accidents occur on highways and are the result of inattentive drivers and speeding motor vehicles including cars and trucks. Not wearing safety helmets contributes to the degree of severity of injuries received by motorcyclists. The NHTSA also estimates that safety helmets can reduce the chance of a fatality by 37%. While most motorcycle enthusiasts are well aware of the threat riding a motorcycle without a helmet poses, many still refuse to wear them and increase their risk of serious personal injuries.
If you or anyone you know has been seriously injured due to a motorcycle accident, please contact our Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.
Types of Motorcycle Accidents
More than 5,000 people die from motorcycle accidents each year in the US. Motorcycle accidents occur in many different ways with many variables unique to each accident. However, similarities between motorcycle and automobile crashes are too blatant to ignore. Fast speeds, violent collisions, and, more often than not, inattentive or distracted motorists all play their role in typical motorcycle accidents. The majority of motorcycle accidents happen on highways with more than half of them involving other motor vehicles.
One of the main reasons motorcycle traffic accidents occur is aggressive driving. Failure to yield right of way or operating a motorcycle at unsafe speeds round up the top three reasons for the high rate of motorcycle accidents.
Common reasons for motorcycle accidents include:
Limited Visibility Accidents
Loss of Motorcycle Control
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) often occurs in motorcycle accidents where the driver of the motor bike was not wearing a helmet. Helmets can help reduce fatalities and serious brain injuries like concussions, head trauma, and TBIs by more than 37%. Motorcyclists are also frequently thrown off their vehicle after impact due to lack of safety harnesses on motorcycles. This may cause a myriad of injuries including road rash, broken bones, and spinal cord injuries.
The most common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Damage
Soft Tissue Injuries
Getting Legal Help
Motorcycle accidents can result in very serious consequences including permanent disabilities and substantial loss of income. Our experienced legal team can help provide you with all the legal options available to you from seeking justice to receiving compensation for your injuries. Please contact our Personal Injury Lawyers today.