While studies show that motorcycle fatalities have decreased by about 2 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, they still remain high in an era of great progress in reducing other motor vehicle fatal accidents. Motorcyclists take a big risk when they get on their bike. Such risks and dangers can be even greater when combined with factors such as lack of helmet use, speeding, alcohol and invalid licensure.
Motorcycles are less stable than other motor vehicles. They provide less protection when riders are involved in an accident. Lack of seatbelts, airbags and metal encasings make riding a motorcycle a much more dangerous mode of transportation than four-wheeled vehicles. Motorcyclists are more susceptible to suffering serious injuries or even a fatality when involved in an accident.
The Dangers of Riding a Motorcycle
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycles comprise only 3 percent of vehicles on the roads. However, despite such a limited presence on the roads, motorcyclists currently account for 14 percent of all motor vehicle related deaths. Unfortunately, these fatal statistics have been growing in recent years.
When a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, he or she does not have the benefit of a seatbelt to prevent him from being ejected from the seat; does not have the benefit of an airbag to prevent his or her head hitting the road; and does not have the benefit of a metal encasing from getting thrashed against the other vehicle that it made a contact with. All these lack of safety features makes riding a motorcycle a relatively more dangerous mode of transportation.
The Common Causes of Motorcycle Collisions
Motor vehicle accidents can occur many different ways. If you or a loved one has been injured or died in a motorcycle accident that was caused by the negligence of another party, you should immediately consult with an experienced Orange County motorcycle accident attorney to help protect your legal rights by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
Below are some primary causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Limited motorcycle visibility. Unlike four-wheeled vehicles, motorcycles are not as visible and can easily be missed by cars, resulting in serious or fatal accidents.
- Vehicle blind spots. Due to their smaller size, it is easy for careless and negligent motorists to change lanes without seeing motorcyclists.
- Road hazards. Potholes, debris and uneven pavement can also cause motorcycle collisions.
- Unsafe vehicle maneuvering. Speeding, reckless driving, taking turns too fast can all contribute to motorcycle accidents.
Call an Orange County Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today!
The legal team at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas is dedicated to helping our injured clients reach the best monetary settlement when they are involved in any type of accidents.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious motorcycle accident caused by another negligent motorist, you deserve justice and you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, and more. Call us at 1-888-848-5048 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with one of our experienced motorcycle accident attorney Orange County today.
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