Motorcyclists always Face Higher Risks on the Road than Car Drivers

Motorcycles, especially those with high performance capabilities, can definitely make you look cool and feel great. However, unlike cars, these are less visible, much less stable and do not provide riders with the kind of protection enclosed vehicles do. This is why, in accidents, riders can easily be severely injured or killed.

Though a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that motorcyclists who got injured in 2015 numbered only to 88,000, down 4.3% from 92,000 in 2014, the number of deaths increased by 8.3 percent: from 4,594 in 2014 to 4,976 in 2015. More than half of these injuries and deaths were caused by multiple-vehicle crashes, or crashes where another vehicle was involved.

Multiple-vehicle crashes are usually results of: a vehicle crossing the centerline and hitting the motorcycle head-on; lack of alertness due to distracted driving, a more common fault among drivers of another vehicle; impaired driving, which is the cause of more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents; failure of drivers to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic, especially before making a turn or changing lanes; overspeeding; and failure of drivers to respect motorcyclists’ right of way. Though multiple-vehicle crashes occur less frequently than single vehicle accidents, their results are always more severe.

Single vehicle accidents, which involves only the motorcyclist, is the cause of about 1/4 of motorcycle accidents. These often occur due to rider error, usually a slide-out and fall because of over braking or running wide on a curve due to overspeeding or under-cornering, or a motorcycle colliding with some fixed object, such as a lamp post.

Other than intersections, where most motorcycle accidents happen, most accidents occur during a short trip and shortly after the beginning of the trip, such as those usually associated with running an errand, visiting a friend,shopping, recreation or entertainment.

The law firm Russo Russo & Slania explains, “There are a wide range of different reasons that motorists may be attracted to motorcycles as an alternative to other forms of transportation, but the unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists face serious risks to their health and safety when sharing the road with cars. Whereas car accident victims have the added protections of certain safety features such as airbags and seat belts, the relative exposure of motorcycle riders and passengers means that the potential for catastrophic injuries or even death in the event of an accident is greatly increased.”

In the event of an accident, a victim is often forced to cope with serious challenges as a result of their injuries, and in many cases, it may be necessary to pursue legal action in order to recover the compensation needed to deal with these challenges.