With an increase in motorcycles of over 60 percent nationwide between 1997 and 2005, motorcycle accidents have increased proportionately. Recent news stories about motorcycle gangs, swarming and flash mobs have created negative depictions of motorcycle riding. Despite common beliefs that motorcyclists are usually at fault due to speed, recklessness or alcohol, more than half of all motorcycle crashes involve two or more vehicles. Of those, 40 percent are caused by a driver making a left turn in front of the motorcycle.
Frequent Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents may be attributed to many different causes. In many accidents, involving another vehicle, is the fact that the driver of the other vehicle did not see the motorcycle, due to its small size compared to other vehicles. Motorcycles require smaller blind spots to become hidden. A split second look into a mirror or over the shoulder can easily miss a cyclist. The same is true at intersections. A motorist may not see an approaching motorcycle until it is too late, especially if the cyclist is riding in the daytime without its headlight on. Nighttime and poor weather conditions make the visibility of motorcycles even more difficult. The likelihood of motorcycle crashes increases significantly at night and on weekends.
Another hazard and frequent cause of motorcycle accidents is road conditions. Potholes, loose gravel, wet leaves, slippery road surfaces, pavement fissures or cracks and railroad tracks can cause a cyclist to lose control. They may often make a quick maneuver, or adjust speed, to avoid the marked or unmarked road hazard leading to involvement with another vehicle and an accident. The motorcyclist may over compensate and lose control of the bike.
One more factor leading to many motorcycle crashes is alcohol. More than 25 percent of fatal motor cycle accidents were by riders whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeded the legal limit of .08 percent. Motorcyclists are also at risk of the driver of other vehicles having a BAC of over .08 percent. Alcohol impairs all drivers and their ability to control their vehicle and react sufficiently.
Applying Safety Measures
There are several measures that motorcyclists can take that can reduce fatalities and injuries. Wearing a helmet is one of them. In Florida, when wearing a helmet became optional, motorcycle fatalities increased dramatically. The type of helmet has some bearing on the protection from severe injury, with the full head models reducing injuries better than the three quarter or half helmet. (beanie). Riding with an illuminated headlamp at all hours increases motorcycle visibility as does wearing bright clothing. Obeying speed limits has been shown to decrease motorcycle accidents and injuries. Today’s sport cycles are capable of speeds nearing 200 MPH. At high speeds a sudden evasive maneuver will inevitably lead to tragedy.
Taking the proper safety precautions will reduce the chances of being injured or killed in a motorcycle accident. Unfortunately there is no way to eliminate the possibility completely. Motorcycle accidents will occur and riders will be injured. If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you feel that your injuries are minor. Traumatic head injuries do not always produce symptoms immediately. Shock can mask pain and internal injuries may not be felt.
The Motorcycle Accident Attorney
After you have been seen by a medical professional it is important that you retain a motorcycle accident attorney. Do not decide yourself who you think was at fault, even if there was no other vehicle involved. The motorcycle accident attorney can virtually reconstruct the accident to determine exactly what caused it. It could be another driver, a third driver or poorly marked or maintained road conditions. It may be from a defective motorcycle component. The attorney has the skill and experience required to help you seek compensation for your medical and other expenses and other damages.
Dolman Law Group has the legal team that you need to represent you as the victim of a motorcycle accident. Reach out to a motorcycle accident attorney today if you are injured for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. Speak with an experienced motorcycle injury attorney from Dolman Law Group today at (727) 853-6275.
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