• Aug
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Are You More Likely to Get into a Vehicle Accident on a Motorcycle?

    Motorcycles offer their riders a lot of enjoyment: people thrill at the feeling of connection with the road under their wheels and the wind on their body, and many enjoy the general sense of freedom that comes with being outside of the confines of an automobile. But with that freedom comes a significant uptick in danger. Motorcycle accidents are common, and accidents that lead to injury and death are far more likely on a motorcycle than in a vehicle or truck.

    There are many common causes of motorcycle accidents. These include:

    • Cars making left-hand turns without yielding to or seeing an oncoming motorcycle.
    • Motorcyclists driving between two lanes. This maneuver is known as lane splitting.
    • Speeding and alcohol use. This accounts for roughly half of all single motorcycle accidents.
    • Striking a fixed object. This accounts for 25% of motorcyclist deaths.
    • Road hazards

    The fatality rate for motorcyclists following an accident is far higher than that of drivers or passengers in automobiles: for every 100,000 cars, only 13 are involved in a fatal accident, while for every 100,000 motorcycles 72 are involved in a fatal accident. Looking at the fatal accident per mile statistics is even more chilling, as the risk is 35 times higher for motorcyclists than for automobile drivers.

    There are many reasons why motorcyclists are at such high risk. Not only are they more likely to be involved in a vehicle accident, but their riders are also far more exposed than automobile drivers and passengers, who have the benefit of being protected by seat belts, airbags and the vehicle’s steel construction.  Motorcyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries including concussion, road rash, soft tissue damage, joint injuries, and more. In fact, a recent report estimated that motorcyclists have a 98% chance of injury if they are involved in multiple-vehicle collisions and 96% risk of injury if they are involved in a single-vehicle accident. They are also 26 times more likely to die in an accident than a passenger or driver in an automobile, and five times as likely to be hurt.

    If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident or any type of vehicle accident, you need guidance from an experienced attorney who can ensure that your rights are protected. To set up a time to discuss your situation, contact us today.

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