Last month, an accident between a motorcycle and a car occurred when it is believed the motorcyclist disregarded a red light – causing his bike to crash into the car. While no one in the car was injured, the motorcycle rider – an 18 year old male – was killed.
Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous because motorcycle operators, and their passengers, are in extremely vulnerable positions. They are not encased in a structure like individuals in a car, bus, or other motor vehicle – and they are often immediately thrown from their bike into the street when involved in an accident.
According to the Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Center for Disease Control, motorcycle accidents are more risky, usually result in more severe injuries, and have a higher incidence of fatalities. In fact, approximately 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents result in death or serious injury with the most lethal and severe injuries involving the chest or the head.
Overall, in the United States, nearly 5,000 individuals are killed every year due to motorcycle accidents. According to the NHTSA, California is one of the states with the highest incidence of motorcycle accidents resulting in death.
Why Motorcycle Accidents Happen
It is a common misconception that the motorcycle operator is usually responsible for an accident. Motorcyclists have long suffered from an ill-informed stereotype of reckless driving. The reality is that while some motorcycle accidents are caused due to reckless driving or intoxication, most are the result of motorcycles being in a unique position on the road. This is because:
- They are harder to see, especially if in a car driver’s blind spot
- Motorcycle riders are more likely to be thrown from their bike in a collision
- Motorcycles are smaller, thus hard to see in situations where there are bad road conditions or poor visibility due to bad weather
Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Consulting an attorney experienced in handling motorcycle accidents is key to obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin have years of experience handling motorcycle accident cases. We treat our clients with compassion and care while aggressively litigating to uphold their rights under the law.
For an initial consultation about your motorcycle accident claim, we welcome your call to our office at 209-522-2211.