Motorcycles provide little protection in a crash. As a result, approximately 80 percent of motorcycle accidents end in injury or death compared with 20 percent of automobile accidents. Furthermore, motorcycle accident fatality rates are on the rise with the most recent statistics showing a 55 percent increase in recent years.
What Are The Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents?
While the causes of motorcycle accidents are wide ranging, causes can include the following:
- Limited visibility at intersections due to buildings, parked vehicles, shrubbery, etc. – 70 percent of all motorcycle accidents occur at intersections.
- Road hazards such as potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, and uneven pavement.
- Invisibility of motorcyclists – The motorcyclist is undetected by other drivers on the road.
- Motorcycle defects, especially fuel system leaks, which present an increased risk of fire in the post-crash phase.
- Weather – Rain, snow, hail, etc. can lead to decreased visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured In A Motorcycle Accident?
In order to ensure that your rights are protected, it is important to gather and save all pertinent documentation including the contact information of everyone involved in the accident, insurance information, and a copy of the police report. You should also seek medical attention if necessary and keep a copy of your medical records. If you are considering filing a legal claim, it is important to keep in mind the statute of limitations, which will limit the amount of time you have to file your claim.
Motorcycle accidents can, and often do, result in injury or death. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, you may wish to consult with an experienced attorney who can explain your legal rights. Please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced motorcycle accident attorney FREE of charge.