Motorcycle accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence throughout our area. While riding is a popular hobby due to the temperate climate, the terrain, and the abundance of motorcycle groups, bikers and motorists alike are urged to take extra precautions.
National statistics show that there are approximately 5,000 people killed each year in motorcycle accidents. In many of these cases, it is the actions of other motorists on the road which are to blame. Seventy-five percent of motorcycle crashes with another vehicle, most often a passenger vehicle. Only 25 percent of motorcycle crashes involve the rider crashing into an object or losing control and crashing into the road. Many of those accidents are actually caused by the rider trying to avoid a crash with a vehicle driver engaged in some distracted or dangerous driving behavior.
Unfortunately, this scenario is a tragic and all too familiar one. Contributing factors in motorcycle accidents often include:
• Road conditions, such as poor lighting, potholes, or loose gravel, which make skidding more likely
• Weather conditions, such as rain or fog, which make roads slick and decrease visibility
• Traffic conditions, which can increase the risk of crashes involving other motorists
• Reckless behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence, on the part of one or both drivers
Regardless of the causes, the fact is that motorcyclists often suffer the brunt of the harm when accidents do occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclist deaths occur 27 times more frequently than other traffic fatalities. With little to protect them in collisions with motor vehicles, they are more likely to suffer serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, such as those to the head, back, neck, or abdomen, which can result in internal bleeding and damage to body organs.
Protecting Yourself on the Roads
While you cannot control the weather, traffic, or the driving behaviors of other motorists, there are steps you can take to protect yourself on the roads. The NHTSA recommends the following:
• Choose the right size bike. Avoid going for ‘too much motorcycle’, such as one that is too big or too advanced, making it more difficult to handle.
• Wear your helmet. Motorcyclists are required by law to wear a helmet and to provide one for their passengers. Wearing one can reduce your injury risks by more than half.
• Take a safety class. New and experienced bikers are encouraged to brush up on their skills by taking a motorcycle safety class offered through your local police department.
Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Help
If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a skilled motorcycle accident attorney advocating for you, ensuring you get the financial compensation you deserve. Call a motorcycle accidents lawyer in Arizona today to schedule a free and confidential consultation and find out how their legal team can help.
Thanks to the Yearin Law Office for their insight into personal injury claims and fatal motorcycle accidents.