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The Dangers of Riding Motorcycles

If you ask an average person how they are scared of dying, you’ll receive answers such as “drowning” or “cancer.” Generally, you’ll never hear them say “car accident,” but car accidents and traffic fatalities are crazy common. Most traffic accidents happen just within 2 miles of your own home, but driving is such an everyday occurrence that many forget the dangers of operating a vehicle. However, when it comes to motorcycles, people are quick to point out how crazy someone must have to be to drive one. Traffic statistics in Canada confirm that motorcycle fatalities happen in higher proportion than cars, but does this necessarily make them more dangerous to a safe driver?

This article posted on the Fortnine website investigates just how dangerous motorcycles really are using traffic data gathered from Transport Canada. The author of the article used statistics gathered from 2009-2013 to point out that the number of cars registered to Canadian drivers is about 31 times higher than the number of motorcycles. However, when it comes to how often these vehicles are driven on Canadian roads, the author corrects his calculation because bikers do not ride their vehicles in the winter time due to snow and bad road conditions, but other drivers do. The article comes to the conclusion that for every kilometer a motorcycle travels in a year on Canadian roads, a regular light vehicle will travel 75. Using this metric, the article uses fatality data to compare the number of cyclist deaths versus the number of deaths of drivers of regular light vehicles. This yields the unsurprising conclusion that in a traffic collision, a motorcyclist is 13.5 times more likely to die in the accident than a driver of a car. The article then lists a number of ways motorcyclists can keep themselves safe by citing data for the causes of motorcycle fatalities, such as maintaining the speed limit, gaining more experience riding their bike, wearing proper safety gear, and never drinking and driving. When bikers are safe and informed about their vehicles, the chances of dying in an accident fall drastically.

Considering this article was written for a motorcycle parts company, it makes sense that they would try as hard they could to paint motorcycles as safe vehicles, but the fact of the matter is that even if a biker does as the article suggests and follows all of the recommended safety advice, accidents will still happen due to forces beyond their control, such as another driver on the road. Since an accident on a bike is more likely to cause serious injury, motorcycle accident lawyers exist that can make sure the driver who caused the accident is held accountable.

The article suggests that if you ride a motorcycle safely, your rate of death goes down to about the same as a normal car. But if you ask me, that is still far too high. Everyone must make an effort to continue learning about their vehicles and proper traffic safety, whether that’s on a bike or in a pickup.

Pedestrians: How to Avoid Accidents

Pedestrians may sustain the most damage when accidents occur. This is mainly because they do not have protective gears, unlike car drivers who have seatbelts and motorcyclists who have helmets and elbow and knee pads.
But the good news is, according to the website of The Benton Law Firm, pedestrians who have been hurt in accidents may have legal options, like trying to get compensation from the damages. However, this does not mean that pedestrians should go around and be negligent and reckless. They should also be responsible in the road, to avoid the burdens of hospitals and courts.

Stay in the sidewalk

Roads are mainly for vehicles, and sidewalks are mainly for pedestrians. That’s one of the most important things you should realize – know your place. Stay in the sidewalk and you are already minimizing the risk of getting involved in an accident.
If there is no sidewalk, it is best to be in the edge of the road, and be sure to walk opposite of traffic so you can see potential dangers.

Cross only in marked areas

Even though roads are mainly for vehicles, you also have the right to be there, and mostly this right comes in the form of crosswalks. It is best to always cross the street through crosswalks, because typically, if you get hit by a non-intoxicated driver outside of a crosswalk, you will not be able to press charges.

Look on either direction before crossing

Crossing in a crosswalk does not guarantee safety. You will never know when a negligent or reckless driver will show up, so it is better to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Avoid crossing behind obstructions

Avoid crossing the street near obstructions that may block the drivers’ view of you. The most common obstruction is a parked car in the edge of the street. The drivers may not have an idea that there is a person behind that obstruction, so if you suddenly cross the street, they may be surprised and may not have enough time to avoid a collision.

Stay visible

As seen from the previous entry, visibility to drivers is an important aspect of pedestrian safety. Make sure that you are always visible to the drivers around you, and you can do this by wearing reflective clothing, avoiding dark clothing, and having lights with you whenever you are in a poorly lit area.

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.

The Truth About Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are not exempt from the law but the damage they could do if they are found negligent or reckless could be infinitely more catastrophic than any car accident. The same goes for the company that makes use of the truck as well as the truck’s manufacturers. Say that the truck driver in question was under the influence of alcohol or sleep suppressants such as methamphetamine – a driver this irresponsible can be subject to extreme consequences. Say that a truck has a faulty break or that the driver went beyond the allowable hours for him or her to drive the truck – the driver, the employer, and the manufacturer are all to be held liable for their negligence.

There are quite a few more subtle complications with truck accidents, however, making them more complex than car accidents. There are federal laws that come into play with eighteen-wheeler trucks, due to the sheer nature of the vehicle in question. Eighteen-wheeler trucks can cause quite a lot more damage than that of a smaller vehicle. After all, a regular vehicle will only weigh around 4,000 pounds whereas a truck of that magnitude could weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It is no wonder that, according to the website of Williams Kherker, that there are approximately up to 500,000 truck accidents that happen in the United States of America. Out of that number, there are around 130,000 injuries at least.

Those injuries could be severely life-altering. Not to mention the effect it will have on the victim’s income as an accident like that could hinder the victim from being able to work for a prolonged period of time. Due to the sheer size and risk of an eighteen-wheeler truck, there is even the unfortunate possibility of a victim getting killed in an accident such as this – which warrants a Wrongful Death claim. It is a trying, taxing situation to be in and there are many complications that are within it.

If you have found yourself a victim of a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact immediate legal assistance.

Whiplash: The Most Common Result of Irresponsible Driving

There are different types of injuries that a person, who figures in a car crash, may sustain. In its website, the Houston-based Law Offices of Williams Kherkher, enumerates a number of serious injuries that many victims have, unfortunately, sustained, including paralysis, brain damage or other forms of life-altering physical trauma; but its most serious effect is wrongful death.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) believes that whiplash, which numbers to about 120,000 annually, may be the most common type of injury sustained by car crash victims. Whiplash is actually a sudden, violent blow that causes the head to jolt to one direction (and then back), damaging neck ligaments, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, in the process. It may occur as a result of a fall, an assault or a sports injury; its most common cause, though, is vehicular accident, such as when a car is hit from behind (rear-ended) or at the side.

A whiplash is not an easily preventable injury; it is not immediately obvious too until after some hours, or even a day, following the accident. A person who has sustained this injury will experience muscle spasms, headaches and pain in the arms or shoulder. It can also cause back pain, swelling, nausea, lethargy or lack of energy, dizziness or sense of pins and needles in the arms.

As motor vehicle accidents are usually due to drunk-driving, over speeding, driving too slow or reckless driving, it simply means that any road accident can easily be prevented, if only drivers would choose to observe road traffic rules and refrain from being distracted while behind the wheel.

Road courtesy and responsibility are two virtues that many drivers seem to lack, especially young drivers who, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are the ones most prone to vehicular accidents. Many young drivers, despite having been informed of the necessity of behaving properly on the road, still end up guilty of driving while intoxicated, driving beyond the maximum speed limit or texting while driving their vehicle. Much to their regret when an accident occurs, but whatever injury their irresponsible act results to, it is something that can no longer be undone.