Having a motorcycle and riding it on a nice warm day is a popular hobby for many. After all, there are over 8.6 million motorcycles on the road in the U.S. alone. As with all traffic participants, motorcyclists are not resilient to accidents. In fact, motorcycle accidents tend to cause catastrophic injuries to the cyclist, and the main reason is that they are not protected like car drivers are. If you or your loved one was in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Contact Schenk Podolsky and schedule a free consultation.
Since there are so many motorcyclists out there and these accidents tend to cause serious (if not life-threatening injuries) we need to focus on some of the facts that surround these accidents.
50% of all motorcycle accidents take place in intersections
When you’re near an intersection, make sure that you watch out for other vehicles that might pull out from the driveway or from one of the side streets. Keep your eyes open for vehicles that might turn in in front of you as well.
Intersections can be extremely dangerous because there are a lot of things that can obscure your vision of the oncoming traffic e.g. tall buildings, parked cars, shrubbery, overhauling branches etc. These obstructions can prevent you from seeing an ongoing vehicle (that also doesn’t see you). You both think that the intersection is clear and you decide to pull out.
In order to avoid collisions at intersections, it’s best to reduce your speed and make sure that you double-check fi there’s any oncoming traffic. You need to react fast if necessary. Other drivers might drive recklessly around others in traffic, even motorcycles.
In case a vehicle does hit you, but it wasn’t your fault, you can receive compensation for the injuries and damages that you sustained. These can include medical bills, lost wages (if the injuries prevented you to work), pain and suffering etc.
Motorcycles are deadlier than cars
There’s not a single means of transportation that is 100% safe. You can get hurt in motorcycle accidents as well as in a car accident. It’s true that more people can die in a car accident, but that’s only because more people can fit into a car.
When you compare the deaths per mile traveled, you will find that motorcycles are actually 27 times deadlier than cars. But this shouldn’t be surprising, given the fact that a car shields both you and your passengers way better than a motorcycle does. So when motorcycle accidents happen, our body will bear the impact of the collision.
Luckily there are ways you can minimize the danger. The best way would be to take a motorcycle safety course. It’s surprising that more than 90% of motorcyclists don’t have any safety training when it comes to motorcycles. Contact the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and learn more about these courses.
Half of motorcycle accidents involve alcohol
One other possible way you can avoid motorcycle accidents is by avoiding drinking and driving. By doing this, you can minimize the risk by 50%. Drivers that are sober have a much faster response time, better reflexes and can avoid collision more effectively. You can’t completely avoid this since there’s a chance that others will drink and drive.
Aside from getting arrested for DUI (Driving Under the Influence), when you drive while intoxicated can also prevent you for receiving any type of compensation for injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident.
Wear protective gear
Many U.S. states have laws that require all motorcycle drivers under the age of 21 to wear protective gear, specifically a helmet. And there’s a good reason for it. According to a study done by the NHTSA, helmets are 37% effective in preventing motorcycle deaths and also 67% effective in preventing serious brain damage. So we highly recommend that you wear a helmet, no matter if you’re older than 21.
Arizona has a high percent of motorcycle deaths
According to the GHSA study, back in 2016, motorcycle deaths were 15.2% of all motor vehicle deaths in Arizona. This might not seem that high compared to Nevada (22.6%) but it’s still high. And many states record a growing trend. When a motorcyclist dies in a motorcycle accident and it’s not his/her fault, certain people e.g. family members (spouse, children, survivors etc.) can sue the party at fault for compensation for the loved one’s death.