About 112,000 of motorcycle crashes were reported to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012. 4,957 of these crashes were fatal, while 93,000 caused serious injuries.
Studies show that majority of motorcycle accidents and crashes involve riders who never received formal riding education. Rather than learning how to properly ride a motorbike in a riding school, these riders believed that learning from friends or kin was enough. Motorcycling, however, is not just learning how to balance or how to maneuver a motorbike through traffic; the top priority is learning how to ride it safely. Thus, with many riders not learning how to ride properly and with the number of motorcycles continuously increasing, it will not be a surprise if the number of crashes will increase too.
Of the types of motorcycle accidents, single vehicle accidents are the most common. Causes of these types of accidents include riding while impaired by alcohol, riding too fast even during poor weather conditions, and failure to brake and maneuver properly, especially while rounding a corner. Due to these causes, it is not uncommon for motorcyclists to lose their balance and crash into road fixtures and get thrown off from their bikes.
Multiple-vehicle crashes are less common, though these result to more serious injuries and fatalities. Multiple-vehicle crashes involve another vehicle, such as a car. The worst kind of multiple-vehicle crashes is head-on collision, which often occurs in undivided highways, especially rural highways, where drivers and riders tend to drive/ride at fast speeds, and wherein one vehicle (either the motorbike or the other vehicle) happens to travel on the wrong side of the road.
Most multiple-vehicle crashes occur because many motor vehicle drivers fail or refuse to notice approaching motorcyclists or because many drivers deny motorcyclists their right of way. Despite actual crashes that verify these situations, many drivers continue to blame motorcycle riders, saying that they often careen in and out of traffic, putting their own lives at risk.
The NNHTSA affirms through crash studies that in multiple-vehicle crashes motorcycle riders are more susceptible to injuries or death due to the absence of whatever may protect them from the force of impact during collision. Injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents can actually be enough to permanently alter victims’ lives besides causing them emotional and physical trauma. Nothing can be more painful, however, if it turns out that the accident occurred simply because the one at fault acted recklessly or negligently.
The Bruner Law Firm explains how a serious accident is naturally followed by many questions and concerns, especially if it caused injury. Thus, like any other personal injury law firm, it helps victims
cope with the sudden and numerous changes in their lives after suffering an injury, by providing them with the necessary legal representation that will help them seek compensation from the liable party. The consequences of a car accident may extend well beyond damage to a vehicle and may include extensive medical bills, missed work income, and long-term or permanent bodily harm. This is why, if you get involved in an accident, getting in touch with a personal injury lawyer may be of utmost importance.