The statistics on motorcycle accidents are alarming. According to a report by the National Safety Council, nearly 5,000 motorcycle operators and passengers died from crashes in 2016 alone, with more than 80,000 more individuals suffering nonfatal injuries. The article goes on to reveal that in cases where an accident involves a motorcycle and another vehicle, the non-cyclist is almost always the one at fault.
At the Law Office of Peter Briskin, we recognize that motorcycle accidents can have serious consequences. Along with broken bones and bruises, victims may sustain facial injuries, burns, traumatic brain injuries, and even paralysis. Read on to discover some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and learn some tips for protecting yourself from harm while riding.
Top 5 Motorcycle Accident Causes
I am adamant about keeping drivers safe on the road and recovering compensation for those unfortunate enough to be involved in accidents resulting in injury. Here are some of the most common ways in which people are injured while riding motorcycles:
1. Improper lane change: Automobile drivers sometimes fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes. Failing to look or signal can have disastrous consequences for motorcyclists.
2. Car doors opening: Drivers often neglect to look out for oncoming traffic before opening the doors of parked vehicles. If a motorcyclist runs into an open car door, he or she can fly off the bike and suffer untold injuries.
3. Speeding: Driving over the speed limit endangers everyone on the road, but it’s particularly hazardous for our friends on motorcyclists. The faster a driver is going, the longer it takes to slow down and stop before a collision.
4. Drunk driving: Driving under the influence increases one’s odds of getting into an accident. Additionally, individuals found to be driving drunk face both criminal and civil liability if someone is injured.
5. Inexperienced or poor drivers: Driving is a task that requires both experience and attentiveness. Unfortunately, a number of motorcycle accidents occur as a result of drivers making unsafe choices on the road.
How to Stay Safe on Your Bike
The truth is, you can’t stop every motorcycle accident before it happens. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. For best results, be aware of other drivers’ blind spots and avoid riding in them for too long. Additionally, motorcyclists should refrain from riding between active traffic lanes and parked cars so they don’t run the risk of driving into open doors or veering vehicles. Not to mention, in most states you can be issued a moving violation for splitting lanes. Avoiding this also helps motorcyclists avoid running into pedestrians who may emerge between parked cars unexpectedly.
Motorcycle accidents can have serious consequences, affecting victims’ ability to live and work without pain. At the Law Office of Peter Briskin, our experienced motorcycle injury attorneys are there to support you every step of the way. From communicating with insurance companies to handling your lawsuit, we’ll do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve.
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