Why Riding a Motorcycle can be a Dangerous Activity

For motorcycle riders, the odds of sustaining severe injuries or getting killed in an accident are always high due to their lack of protective gears other than the helmet. This lack of protection, in fact, makes riders 20 times more likely to die in a crash compared to drivers of cars and other motor vehicles.

Accidents involving motorcycles are either single-bike crashes or multiple-vehicle accidents. A single-bike accident, which is more the common type of accident, involves no other person or vehicle besides the rider and his/her bike. It includes accidents, such as a rider crashing his/her bike to a concrete barrier, a lamp post or any other road fixture, or a rider crashing on asphalt after running on a patch of gravel, sand or leaves on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points to alcohol use and speeding as the two major causes of single-bike accidents; both factors greatly reduce a riders’ capability to react to emergency road situations on time, as well as make a rider lose control of his/her bike easily.

According to www. williamskherkher.com/houston-personal-injury/, a multiple-vehicle accident, however, which is deadlier than a single-bike accident, involves another vehicle, like a car, an SUV or a truck. This type of motorcycle accident is usually due to driver distraction, impairment due to alcohol or illegal drug, failure to notice an approaching motorcycle or a driver’s simple refusal to acknowledge and respect a motorcyclist’s right of way.

Head-on collision, rear-end collision and side impact are the deadliest types of multiple-vehicle motorcycle accidents as these can easily severely injure, disable or kill a rider. Based on NHTSA records, an average of about 4,500 motorcycle riders die every year, while another 90,000 suffer injuries.

In the event of an accident, it may be very hard for riders to prove that they are simply victims and that it was a motor vehicle driver’s carelessness or recklessness that caused the accident which resulted to their injuries. A highly-skilled personal injury lawyer, who is well familiar with conducting investigations that can lead to proofs supporting a prosecutor’s claim, however, may just be able to render the necessary and needed legal assistance that will enable injured riders to receive compensation (from the liable party) for the damages they were unjustly made to suffer. Thus, it may be a good decision to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident occurs.