Motorcycle Accidents: The Devastating Dangers

Motorcycle Accidents: The Devastating Dangers

While motorcycle accidents don’t necessarily occur more frequently than car crashes, they do result in more severe and fatal injuries. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that, per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash.

 

In addition, motorcyclists are overrepresented in traffic-related fatalities. While they only make up 3% of the registered motor fleet, motorcycle riders make up about 14% of on-road fatalities.

 

Sadly, many of the dangers that motorcycle riders face on a daily basis stem from the reckless, careless, or negligent actions of drivers and those who are required to maintain safe roads.

Dangerous Driving Behaviors

Even the most defensive motorcycle riders who obey all the rules can still be injured because of reckless car drivers. Rarely, if ever, do “minor” motorcycle crashes occur. In a majority of these accidents, motorcycle riders sustain severe, catastrophic, or even fatal injuries.

 

Drivers who willfully disregard traffic laws and engage in unsafe driving practices are putting motorcycle riders in danger. Some common reckless driving behaviors include:

 
  • Speeding

  • Tailgating

  • Driving under the influence

  • Distracted driving

  • Running red lights and stop signs

  • Weaving between lanes

  • Not using turn signals

Left-Hand Turn Accidents

The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These accidents occur when a driver misjudges how far a motorcycle is to them or fails to see them altogether, then turns left in front of the oncoming motorcycle rider. This leaves the motorcycle rider insufficient time and space to avoid colliding with the vehicle.

 

These collisions account for 42% of all motorcycle/passenger vehicle accidents. In almost all of these cases, the vehicle driver will be the one at fault for the accident.

Road Hazards

What normal vehicles may be able to avoid or simply drive over can cause motorcycles to literally be thrown to the ground. Road conditions that can be potential hazards for motorcycle riders include:

 
  • Potholes

  • Slippery or wet roads

  • Oil spills

  • Uneven pavement

 

If a road hazard causes a motorcycle crash, many different parties may be at fault, including the city, county, public agency, or private business that failed to properly maintain the roadway.

Ways to Prevent Motorcycle Crashes

When it comes to motorcycle safety, motorists and other drivers have a legal obligation to take the steps necessary to ensure motorcycle riders stay safe. To help reduce the risk of a motorcycle accident, drivers should:

 
  • Use side and rear-view mirrors

  • Check blind spots when changing lanes

  • Avoid distractions, such as texting and driving

  • Drive at the speed limit

  • Constantly look and listen for motorcycles nearby

  • Only drive when sober and alert

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you need seasoned legal representation. At Effres & Associates, we believe that negligent drivers should be held accountable for their actions. Backed by 30+ years of legal experience, our personal injury attorneys are prepared to work as your legal advocates so you obtain a full financial recovery.

 

We will fight hard to ensure you receive the fair and full compensation you need to pay for:

 
  • Medical expenses

  • Lost income

  • Lost potential earning capacity

  • Pain and suffering

  • Disability damages

 

We serve residents throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, and all surrounding counties.

 

Let us take the stress off of your shoulders so that you can focus on healing. Contact Effres & Associates at (818) 222-9720 to schedule your free case review.

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