Common Road Design Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles may be a convenient and preferred form of transportation for some people. However, they can also be dangerous given the smaller size and lack of safety restraints, such as airbags and seatbelts. In 2017, 4,990 people were killed in motorcycle accidents, an increase of 296 from the year before.
There are many contributing factors for the cause of motorcycle collisions. Two of the most prevalent are road design and defect and product defects.
Motorcycles Are More Dangerous Than Cars
Motorcycles are generally less stable than other vehicles. They are also less visible on the road. When a motorcycle is involved in a crash, the rider’s lack of protection of an enclosed vehicle can result in significantly more serious and even deadly injuries. According to the federal government, the number of deaths on motorcycles was nearly 29 times the number in cars, per mile traveled in 2015.
Because of the inherently dangerous nature of motorcycles, helmet use is very important. Helmets are approximately 37 percent effective in preventing fatalities and approximately 67 percent effective in preventing traumatic brain injuries. Despite these statistics, only 19 states and the District of Columbia require the use of helmets by motorcyclists.
Types of Dangerous Road Design & Defects That Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Below are some of the most common design hazards:
- Blind corner
- Lack of appropriate warning
- Glare from poorly sited street lights
- Poor sight lines
- Speed hump
- Poor delineation of vehicle path
- Barrier curbing
- Low curbing
- Cobble stones or pavers
- Traffic islands that are not lit or delineated for night visibility
- Uncovered drainage pits
Proving liability in cases where a motorcycle accident was caused by a road design and defective can be difficult. It is important to immediately hire an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney who has experience specifically handling these types of cases.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Resulting from Product Defects
Many motorcycle accidents occur as a result of a product defect:
- The motorcycle and/or its equipment may have a defect in the design, manufacturing, or assembly.
- Certain defects can cause a motorcycle to go into a high speed wobble, causing the handlebars to rock back and forth, and slap the fuel tank.
- Other defects can cause problems with the rear tire, causing a motorcycle to weave and lose control and crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent party, you may be entitled to compensation. As a family member of a loved one who died in a motorcycle accident, you may also be entitled to compensation. To ensure you get the full money damages you deserve, you need to consult with and hire an Orange County motorcycle accident attorney.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an Orange County motorcycle accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.