Motorcycle accidents do not occur more frequent than other types of accidents. In fact, there are far fewer motorcycle accidents than car crashes. However, a motorcycle accident is more likely to result in serious injury or death than a passenger vehicle accident.
The Facts About Motorcycle Crashes
When a motorcycle crashes, the rider lacks the protection of the enclosed metal frame of a passenger vehicle, making it more likely that the rider will be injured or killed. According to statistics, 4,668 people died in motorcycle crashes and another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in crashes in 2013. It is estimated that motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled. They are also five times more likely to be injured per vehicle mile traveled.
Who Is To Blame in a Motorcycle Crash?
Statistics also show that crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for 56 percent of motorcyclist deaths. About 78 percent of the time in these types of accidents, the vehicle strikes the motorcycle from the front.
However, the single most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist is when other vehicles are making left-hand turns. This type of collision accounts for 42 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle. Motorcycles colliding with a fixed object only accounts for 25 percent of motorcyclist deaths.
Motorcycles also face greater dangers from road hazards than other vehicles. This is due to their smaller size and less stable nature. Road hazards like potholes, dead animals, uneven lanes, slick pavement conditions and other irregularities or unexpected objects pose a much greater danger to motorcyclists than passenger vehicles.
What Should I Do If I Am Hit By a Car While On My Motorcycle?
Motorcycle accidents rarely result in minor injuries. In most cases, a motorcycle rider is injured seriously and faces a long and painful rehabilitation process. The financial costs of a motorcycle accident can quickly become very high, as well.
If you have been hit by a vehicle while riding your motorcycle and now face a long road to recovery, you should know that you have legal rights you can exercise. If the passenger vehicle driver was acting negligently and is responsible for the crash, you may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury suit. The personal injury attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami have the resources and skill to help you with your claim.