Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries and unsurprisingly, according to the Insurance Information Institute, far more injuries result from motorcycle accidents than passenger car collisions. And whether you’re a rider or not, those statistics likely don’t come as a surprise.
But what may surprise you, however, is that barring the small percentage of truly ‘bad’ bikers – those who ride recklessly and inconsiderately – there are far more accidents caused by many other factors that have less to do with attitude and entitlement and more to do with circumstances and physics.
Some of these factors include:
- Left-Hand Turns. The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns, accounting for 42 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a car.
- Road Hazards. Things that have little effect on a car, like potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities or unexpected objects, can cause a motorcycle to crash.
- No Barrier. Bikers are not protected by a container of metal, seatbelts, or airbags – though manufacturers have recently introduced airbags into some models.
- Limited Visibility. Because motorcycles are small and easily hidden by objects on or off the road, cars are less likely to see them, especially at intersections.
- Limited Stability. Two wheels are less stable than four, especially during emergency braking and swerving. And at high speeds, front-wheel ‘wobble’ accounts for accidents, too.
As motorcycles continue to gain mainstream popularity, drivers will see a wide range of diversity among motorcycle riders beyond the Hollywood stereotype of leather-bound, tattooed barroom brawlers. In fact, these days, you’re likely to see every age, every profession and every socioeconomic status riding a motorcycle.
More surprising is that often, you’ll see a motorcyclist come to a motorist’s aid on the side of the road as riders become even more conscious of safety and roadway community than ever before. Many riders are taking motorcycle safety courses and seeking extended training in order to receive their motorcycle licenses.
Even the motorcycle clothing industry has adapted to the more safety-conscious rider by improving helmet standards and offering more protection in their airbag wearables, leathers, gloves and boots.
But it doesn’t take a physicist or physician to know that ultimately, motorcycle accidents will result in more serious injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, and permanent disability, and it doesn’t take an attorney to realize how these types of injuries can have a profoundly dire impact on your life. Further, the emotional and psychological damage can make recovery even more challenging.
So if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, you need representation that will investigate your circumstances thoroughly and work to dispel the notion riders are inherently dangerous and reckless. Contact attorney John Castro anytime – day or night – for an experienced motorcycle attorney and rider dedicated to ‘Representing Your Best Interests.’