Motorcycle Accident

From 2010 to 2012, fatal motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were 4,502, 4,612; and, 4,957 respectively. In the event of an accident, whether single or multiple vehicle accident, a motorcycle rider is always vulnerable to serious or fatal injuries due to the lack of protection which would cushion him or her from the force of impact.

Single vehicle accidents refer to crashes that involve only the motorcycle (that figured in the accident). It may be a motorcyclist crashing on the pavement (due usually to uneven road surface, potholes, or roads made slippery by ice, sand or oil) or into a solid fixture (such as a lamp post, a telephone pole or booth, or a concrete support structure). Multiple vehicle accidents, on the other hand, involve other vehicles, most often cars.

While it is easy to assume that a motorcycle accident, especially if no other vehicle is involved, could only be the fault of the rider, who may be riding too fast for road conditions or from allowing him or her to make timely reaction, especially when entering a corner, this is not always the case. In many more occasions, motorcycle accidents happen because of someone else’s act of negligence. This is especially true in multiple vehicle accidents, wherein drivers of other vehicles are usually the ones at fault – verified true through a study conducted by the NHTSA.

From this NHTSA study, it appeared that many drivers are guilty of denying motorcyclists their right of way; many also fail to check possible approaching motorcycles before making a turn or when entering an intersection (while attempting to run or beat a red light).

In 2012, there were about 9 million registered motorcycles all across the US (except for light scooters or mopeds, which are low-powered motorized bicycles, all other two-wheeled and three-wheeled powered vehicles need to be registered or licensed, as well as comply with state and federal certification standards, if these are to be used on public roads). Some of these motorcycles were new purchases, while others were old, dusty bikes that have stayed kept in garages for too long until their owners decided to get them on the road again. With regard to the major reason for the increase in the number of bikes on the road, however, majority of the responses were the same: gas price.

Unquestionably much more economical (in terms of expenses on gas) compared to cars, many decide to ride a bike instead to various destinations. Recreational riders have also been a very common weekend sight in many parts of the US. But one most likely consequence of having more motorcycles on the road is increase in the number of those getting involved in an accident.

Professional riders advise all other motorcycle riders to always wear protective gears, especially a DOT helmet standard which may be able to save them from sustaining a severe or fatal head injury during an accident. But while it may be true that protective gears may lessen the force of impact, though at a very minimal percentage, these do not lessen the number of accidents that continue to put motorcyclists’ lives in danger.

As stated on the website of the Abel Law Firm, accidents involving motorcycle riders will always be the fault of someone – could be the rider himself or herself, or someone else who has been negligent in his or her duties. And, if it can be proven that the accident was actually a result of somebody else’s negligent act, then the victim has the legal option to file a lawsuit against the liable party, for the compensation that the court may order to be paid to him/her.

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