10 Reasons Why Motorcycle Accidents Occur
As motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves, we understand the many challenges and dangers that motorcyclists face out on the road such as other cars, people, animals and other dangers. Any lawyer or attorney knows just how serious a motorcycle accident can and likely will be. Soon we will get into some of the reasons such as DUI and speeding why motorcycle accidents occur.
Motorcyclists lack any sort of surrounding protective structure on their vehicles, they are more likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries when they are involved in a collision. In fact, a 2007 study by the NHTSA states motorcyclists are, on average, are about 35 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and are over eight times as likely to be injured.
The Study goes on and in 2007, 2,641 (50%) of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes collided with another type of motor vehicle in transport. In two-vehicle crashes, 78 percent of the motorcycles involved were struck in the front. Only 5 percent were struck
in the rear Finally, in 2007, there were 2,332 two-vehicle fatal crashes involving a motorcycle and another type of vehicle. In 40 percent (939) of these crashes the other vehicle was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or overtaking
The following are the 10 most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Unsafe lane changes. A driver risks colliding with a motorcyclist when he or she fails to check his or her blind spot or signal when changing lanes.
- Car doors. Some motorcycle accidents occur when a driver opens the door of their parked vehicle in the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
- Speeding. A leading cause of all types of auto accidents, speeding reduces a vehicle's chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers in time to prevent a collision. The higher the speed, the greater the impact and the more severe the consequences.
- Driving under the influence. Drivers who cause accidents because they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face both civil and criminal liability.
- Lane splitting. Driving between two lanes of traffic is called “lane splitting.” This practice is not legal in Florida and is especially dangerous for inexperienced riders.
- Sudden stops. Rear-end accidents resulting from following too closely or an abrupt stop can result in serious injury or death to a motorcyclist.
- Inexperienced drivers. Inexperienced drivers are likely to make unsafe moves on the road that could compromise the safety of other motorists.
- Left turn accidents. Right of way errors or misjudgments of distance while making a left turn are common causes of injury and death to motorcycle riders. In 2007 40% of the fatalities on motorcycles happened exactly this way.
- Dangerous road conditions. Crumbling pavement, potholes, debris, and a lack of necessary signals and signs can all increase a motorcycle rider's chances of losing control of his or her vehicle.
- Motorcycle defects. The manufacturer of a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part can be held liable for any injuries or deaths arising from use of the defective part.
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Motorcycle accidents can result in serious consequences, including broken bones, road rash, spinal cord, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and death. These injuries many times are Catastrophic injuries and may require a lifetime of medical treatment that can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to contact Betz and Baril today for a free no hassle consultation.