According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,810 motorcyclists were killed and 88,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the United States in 2006. These fatalities accounted for 11% of total traffic fatalities during 2006.
While riding a motorcycle can provide a sense of freedom and exhilaration not found with other vehicles, the lack of protection between the motorcycle operator and fellow drivers increases the risk of brain injury along with other serious and fatal injuries. However, these statistics should not discourage you from seeking the thrill of the open road on a motorcycle.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
The actions of other motorists are responsible for nearly one-third of all motorcycle accidents. While at slow speeds with two enclosed vehicles, an accident of this nature may not cause serious harm however, for motorcyclists, even a fender bender can be injurious.
Other common causes of motorcycle accidents due to another vehicle operators negligence include:
- Impaired judgment due to an illegal blood-alcohol level
- Operating a vehicle without corrective lenses
- Sleep deprivation
- Bad weather conditions
Motorcycle accidents can also be the result of a mechanics negligence, including:
- Failure to properly align a misaligned tire
- Not recognizing the need for a tire to be replaced
- Failure to foresee break failure or an engine problem
Poor weather conditions can also increase the likelihood of motorcycle accidents. While bad weather is natural, county officials are responsible for road maintenance, including fixing potholes and loose gravel. Enclosed vehicles can withstand the shock of a pothole or skid of loose gravel motorcycles on the other hand, are more likely to skid out or flip.
What Do I Do?
Following motorcycle laws can help keep you safe.
What to do if you are involved in a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and/or property damage. Even if you do not feel injured, be sure to accept any medical treatment offered at the accident site. Often, injuries do not become apparent until after the adrenaline subsides. By refusing medical care, you risk compromising your future financial entitlements.
Additionally, before taking your bike in for repair, be certain to photograph damages and consult with experienced, motorcycle accident attorneys who can guide you through the appropriate steps necessary to ensure receiving the compensation you deserve.
Learn more about motorcycle accidents on our frequently asked questions about motorcycle accidents page.
At The Cochran Firm, we have handled motorcycle accidents throughout the United States and have the resources to effectively represent clients wherever they may be.