The Risk of Motorcycle Accidents

One potato, two potato…a motorcycle accident can involve just a single vehicle as well as multiple vehicles. Motorcycles are inherently unstable because they only have two wheels. It is a constant balancing act, and because motorcycles are typically driven at high speeds, even small defects on the road such as loose gravel can result in a concussion or even death from a motorcycle accident.

Yet because motorcycles are convenient and economical ways to get from point A to point B, more and more motorcycles are hitting the road, a gain in 2013 of about 1% from sales in 2012. This translates to more than 300,000 new two-wheel vehicles in the US alone. There are currently about 9 million motorcycles travelling US roads.

The main concern about motorcycles is safety. Regulations in some states require motorcycle riders to wear helmets, but they are still 35 times more likely to be seriously injured or hurt in a multiple vehicle accident than a passenger in a car. It is very important, therefore, that riders exercise caution every time they straddle their motorcycles.

But even when a motorcycle rider is careful, they still have to contend with adverse road conditions and other vehicles on the road. When a car plows into a motorcycle because the driver was texting, spilled a drink, or intoxicated, the most defensive motorcyclist can do very little to keep from crashing. If the rider is very lucky, the worst that happens is a little road rash and an overwhelming desire to kick someone in the rear end. Unfortunately, that is not what typically happens.

Motorcycle riders involved in single or multiple vehicle accidents often end up with moderate to severe brain injury, broken bones, lacerations, bruises, and internal damage even with safety gear. The human body is vulnerable, and without the protection afforded by a hardier structure such as a car frame, the motorcyclist is in for a world of hurt and huge medical bills.

If you or someone in your family was injured in a motorcycle accident because of the negligence of others, you will probably have to contend with a lot of expenses. You may be able to get some compensation with the help of a personal injury lawyer used to dealing with motorcycle accidents.

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