Motorcycle Accident https://motorcycleaccident.org Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:01:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Fatal Single Vehicle And Motorcycle Crashes https://motorcycleaccident.org/fatal-single-vehicle-and-motorcycle-crashes-2/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 21:05:15 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=336 According to the NHTSA, more than 38,000 people die each year in motorcycle related accidents. Some of these accidents are results of a single vehicle accident. In the same study, NHTSA found certain trends that contributed to these accidents:

  • Most motorcycle riders involved in a fatal single vehicle/motorcycle accident were over the age of 40.
  • The majority of the fatalities occur on a rural road, and victims’ with high blood alcohol levels are a major problem.
  • Failing to turn on a curve correctly causes up to half of all single vehicle/ motorcycle accident fatalities.
  • Speeding is contributor of ⅔ of all single vehicle/motorcycle fatalities, and up to 60% of the fatalities occur during nighttime hours.
  • Close to 25% of single vehicle/motorcycle accidents occur over braking and maneuvering issues.
  • Wearing a helmet reduces fatalities by up to 50%.
  • Close to a third of all fatally injured motorcyclists do not possess the required operator licensing.
  • 90% of all fatalities are typically the operators of a motorcycle, and not the passenger. Most of the motorcycles operators are male.

Motorcyclists only account for less than 2% of all registered motor vehicles in the United States, yet motorcycle accidents account for over 5% of all accidents annually. Fatality rates among motorcyclists are three times higher than drivers in a passenger vehicle, and motorcyclists are 18 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries when compared to passengers in a passenger vehicle.

If you’ve been a victim of a single motorcycle accident, there’s a possibility that you were a victim of government or business negligence. Construction debris, improper sign placement, broken stop lights, and hazardous roads have been linked back to several single vehicle motorcycle accidents. If you’ve been a victim, it’s imperative to seek legal representation. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney will assist you not only through the legal process, but will fight to help recover the maximum amount in damages.

Source: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809-360.pdf

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National Reports And Studies https://motorcycleaccident.org/national-reports-and-studies/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:55:15 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=332 The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, a part of the Executive Branch of the United States Government, is an agency that promotes motorcycle and vehicle safety on the highways as well the use of safe transportation, via research, education, studies, and reports.

NHTSA performs periodical studies involving traffic, car assessments, vehicle safety, motorcycle accidents, collisions, and more in an attempt to educate citizens and reduce traffic-related fatalities. For motorcycle accidents, NHTSA looks at several factors and performs national studies in multiple areas of motorcycle accidents and safety, including the following:

  • The Costs of Motorcycle Injuries
  • Single Vehicle and Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
  • Fatal Motorcycle Accident Trends

Since 1970, under the United States Department of Transportation, NHTSA has been gathering statistics and performing research and studies that has led to a more extensive knowledge of highway trends, accidents, and collisions. These studies however, have had a significant impact on safety by recalling major parts on motor vehicles, producing the causes behind accidents, and providing traffic trends.

Motorcycle accidents happen quite frequently, yet NHTSA continues to enforce safety regulations in regards to motorcycles, motorcycle equipment, and protective gear. Grants provided by states and government have allowed the NHTSA to continue its studies on motorcycle safety.

Motorcycle and motorcycle safety are of particular importance to the NHTSA because motorcycle accidents are twice as likely to result in fatal injuries in traffic-related articles more than any other type of motorized transportation. In order to gain a better understanding, these studies and statistics are performed in order to investigate the costs, reasons, and trends for accidents.

Although motorcycle accidents have increased since 1997, NHTSA hopes that these statistics and reports will eventually reduce motorcycle accidents, which will dramatically reduce thousands of traffic-related fatalities on the highways and roads each year.

Source: http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Who+We+Are+and+What+We+Do

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The Cost of Motorcycle Accident Injuries https://motorcycleaccident.org/the-cost-of-motorcycle-accident-injuries/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:39:15 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=328 When an accident occurs, odds are the results are major. In a motorcycle, unlike a car, most accidents result in significant property damage and bodily damage. Unlike a car that has metal surrounding the passengers a motorcycle is much more exposed, thus making an accident, that would be minor for a car, much more dangerous.

Medical Costs
The NHTSA revealed that medical costs are the most expensive part of motorcycle-related accidents. If the motorcyclist were wearing a helmet but still suffered fatal wounds, the average medical expenses are around $14,000 per person. If the motorcycle rider suffered life-threatening injuries without putting on a helmet, the average cost would come to about $16,000 per person.

The medical costs of victims that suffer head injuries are more expensive than those that sustained head injuries. The average cost of victims without head injuries cost $43,000 per person, while the medical cost for victims with head injuries is around $15,000 per person. Keep in mind, these costs may vary from state to state, and in several situations, the cost of an injury may be lower or higher than the statistics provided.

Social Cost
Besides the expensive costs of medical care, victims of motorcycle accidents also suffer social costs such as reduced quality of life, loss of work, and suffering. In motorcycle accidents, medical cost accounts for 6%, 29% for work, and 63% for reduced quality of life and suffering.

Reports have revealed that about $11.5 billion is lost every year in suffering, pain, and overall quality of life, while $6.5 billion is lost every year due to lost wages. Social costs, for each motorcycle accident where the victims have endured fatal injuries, are an average of $211,000 is lost.

Since medical and social cost is increasing rapidly, it is vital you know your fundamental rights and what you are entitled to in case you become a victim of a motorcycle accident. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can assist you through every process and ensure that you have appropriate legal representation.

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High-Performance Motorcycles and Accidents https://motorcycleaccident.org/high-performance-motorcycles-and-accidents/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:31:20 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=315 The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) reported that only a small fraction of the national average of motorcyclists operate high-performance motorcycles. However, many of the accidents recorded every year occur from motorcyclists operating high-performance bikes.

What is a High-Performance Motorcycle?
A high-performance motorcycle is a Sportbike or a supersport motorcycle optimized for acceleration, speed, and braking. Initially, supersport motorcycles were creating for racing; however, these bikes have been modified for highway and road use by many manufacturers. The difference between a supersport bike and a regular motorcycle it the horsepower rate, a supersport bike has a higher power rate. Also, a high-performance motorcycle is much lighter than your average motorcycle; these bikes have a much better Horsepower to weigh ratio.

Sports motorcycles are essentially the same category of bikes as supersport motorcycles. The only difference is that the power to weight ratio of sports motorcycles is lower than supersport bikes. Both type of bikes are commonly driven by males under the age of 34.

Accident Rates with High-Performance Motorcycles
According to the Highway Loss Data Institute, riders of sports motorcycles are twice as possible to lose their lives in a motorcycle accident as opposed to riders of regular bikes. While supersport motorcycle drivers are four times more likely to lose their lives in motor accidents.

Most high-performance bikes weigh close to 440 pounds compared to a cruiser-style motorcycles weigh up to 900 pounds. For reference, regular motorcycles like the Harley Davidson Ultra Classic produce up to 66 horsepower, while high-performance motorcycles can produce up to 160 horsepower.

According to HLDI, deaths from motorcycle related-accidents are on the rise. If you are a high-performance motorcycle rider, it is crucial to understand the accident statistics before engaging in risky behavior. If you have been a victim of an accident involving a high-performance motorcycle, hiring an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to assist you in recovering damages is crucial.

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The Statistics and Potential Causes of Motorcycle Accidents https://motorcycleaccident.org/motorcycle-accidents-statistics-and-possible-causes/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:28:46 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=311 The following statistical information comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation.

The chances of a motorcyclist dying from a road accident are 35 times greater than someone in a passenger car.

In the year 2006, an estimated 88,000 people on motorcycles had been injured in an accident on the highway.

In the year 2006, an estimated 4,810 people on motorcycles had been killed in an accident on a road.

In the United States, motorcycles are involved in 11% of all accidents on the road.

Out of all motorcycle crashes, the number one cause of death is a head injury.

There is a 40% greater chance of a motorcyclist dying from a head injury if they don’t wear a helmet.

There is a 15% greater chance of a motorcyclist receiving a nonfatal injury if they don’t wear a helmet.

There is a 37% lesser chance of a motorcyclist dying from a crash if they wear a helmet.

In the year 2007, there were roughly 7.1 million people who registered their motorcycles in the United States.

In the year 2005, for every 100,000 motorcycles that were registered, there was 73 motorcycle-related deaths. In comparison, for every 100,000 registered passenger vehicles that year, there were 14 deaths related to those vehicles.

The rising number of motorcycle users is surpassing the number of motorcycle deaths. In the year 1997, for example, the United States had approximately 3,826,373 filed registrations for motorcycles. Out of that number, 2,116 of those motorcycles had caused deaths. In the year 2005, the United States had approximately 6,227,146 filed registrations for motorcycles. Out of that number, 4,810 of those motorcycles had caused deaths.  Therefore, there was a 63% increase in the number of registered motorcycle-related deaths after just an 8-year period.

According to a 2009 report entitled “Highway Loss Data Institute” that was created by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, over 50% of deaths involving motorcycles had also involved one or more vehicles.

Approximately 42% of deadly motorcycle crashes involved two vehicles. One vehicle was making a left turn as the motorcycle was passing the vehicle or going straight.

Just under 50% of all motorcyclist fatalities did not have any other vehicles involved.

 

From the 1,791 total motorcycle fatalities which only had one motorcycle involved:

  • 48% of them had been speeding.
  • 42% of them had a blood alcohol level of .08% or more.
  • 655,000 of the motorcycles had been bought. This is less than the 1.1 million motorcycles that were purchased in 2008.

 

Below is the list of reasons for motor vehicle accidents:

  • Bad weather conditions
  • Motorcyclists cutting through two different lanes
  • Not signaling
  • Disregarding road/traffic signs
  • Disregarding traffic conditions
  • Speeding
  • Driving down the road on the wrong side
  • New motorists with little experience
  • Glare or obstructed views make it difficult to see motorcyclists
  • On drugs, while driving
  • Roadway imperfections
  • Vehicle malfunction
  • Deliberate hostile behavior
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Tips to avoid injuries when an accident is unavoidable https://motorcycleaccident.org/tips-to-avoid-injuries-when-an-accident-is-unavoidable/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:24:18 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=307 It’s true that there are many tools and rules that help us avoid accidents, but the reality of the matter is that we can’t always be in control of the situation and motorcycle accidents do happen.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that motorcyclists are 25 times more likely to get into a deadly road accident than people who drive cars.

This means that motorcyclists need to take their safety very seriously. It’s also important to know the different ways to avoid or minimalize the damage of an accident.

Just like cars, there are many things we can do to operate motorcycles safely. Some examples of safe motorcycle practices include as keeping an eye and focusing on the road, never driving under the influence, follow road laws, etc., there are also things we can do to avoid serious injuries during an accident.

To be able to think and act fast in such situations, you must have previous knowledge, here’s how you can decrease injuries in the event of an accident:

 

Brake quickly

If you happen to find an obstacle on the road and it’s too late to avoid it, you need to hit both the front and rear brakes as quickly as you can. Make sure that you are efficient and comfortable using both the front and rear brakes. If your front brake happens to lock up, release it and then try to brake again; if it’s the back brake that gives you trouble, just keep it locked.

 

Try to minimize the risk

If it’s possible in the moment, attempt to steer away from the area that poses the biggest threat to your physical integrity while staying on your bike. If the accident is unavoidable, but you see a window to place yourself in a better position to fall or to take the blow, then do so.

 

Don’t lay on your bike

Your tires offer more traction than the metal or plastic of your bike’s constitution, so make sure you stay on the bike instead of laying on it. Braking will help you avoid injuries more than laying on your bike. The only time when laying on your bike can help is if you ever find yourself falling off a cliff or an overpass; in that case it will help you get off before it falls off the edge.

 

What to do if you fall

Most of the time, falling off your motorcycle simply can’t be avoided. So, if you do, try to relax! This might seem impossible to do, but if you relax your muscles you’re less likely to break something.

Remember that you can’t fight gravity and momentum, so just allow the fall to happen and avoid tucking and rolling so you reduce the risk of spinal injuries.

Once you’ve stopped moving, take a breath, assess the damage on your body and, if you’re not at risk of worsening your injuries, try to stand up.

If you’ve been a victim of a motorcycle accident, it is crucial that you have an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you if you are seeking damages.

 

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The Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents https://motorcycleaccident.org/the-primary-causes-of-motorcycle-accidents/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:21:23 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=303 Motorcycle accidents are not as rampant as passenger vehicle accidents.  However, the level of injuries sustained when there is a motorcycle accident is higher than that of passenger vehicle accidents.  According to a federal government sponsored 2006 study, motorcyclists have a higher chance (at least 35 times higher) of death in the case of an accident, compared to those in car accidents. Due to the high fatality rate of motorcycle accidents, it is crucial that motorists are informed. When people are educated and aware, they become a lot more cautious of motorcyclists.

According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over half of all motorcycle accidents that resulted in death are head-on collisions. In head on collisions, often a passenger car is to blame for the accident. This is not uncommon, car drivers often do not see the motorcycle, due to blind spots.

It is very common for accidents to occur when vehicles make left-hand turns. Almost 42% of motorcycle fatalities occur when a vehicle is making a left-hand turn.  The reason accidents happen so often in this situation is due to a vehicle not seeing the motorcycle going through the intersection. In most cases the car driver is at fault, but many times a motorcycle, driving at a high rate of speed, is at fault.

A large part of motorcycle accidents in the United States occur when motorcyclists are speeding or driving under the influence.  This is also common with single vehicle accidents, but a motorcyclist, is more likely to sustain serious injuries because of the lack of protection (i.e. Metal framing like a car)

25% of motorcycle accidents comes from fixed objects and road hazards.  Wet roads, dead animals, and debris are just a few examples of causes fixed objects and road hazards.  Because there is no additional protection, crashes involving motorcyclist and fixed objects most likely lead to serious injuries and sometimes death.

Serious injuries a lot of times occur in motorcycle accidents. Head injuries, being one of the most typical injuries that occurs in an accident, are serious accidents and require medical treatment. Medical treatment takes a large amount of time and money and can result in lost wages, emotional stress and lost time at work. It is crucial that those involved in a motorcycle accident contact a experienced Motorcycle lawyer after an accident has occurred.

 

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, consider contacting a knowledgeable motorcycle accident lawyer and explore your legal options.

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Motorcycle Accidents and Head Injuries https://motorcycleaccident.org/motorcycle-accidents-and-head-injuries/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:20:03 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=299 One of the major causes of fatalities in motorcycle accidents are due to head injuries. Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that close to three thousand people lose their lives annually due to motorcycle accidents, this is in addition to another fifty thousand that suffer other forms of injuries.

A large number of brain and head injuries that occur usually involve a motorcyclist and sometimes a passenger that does not have a helmet on. That said, cyclists and passengers with helmets could also suffer from head injuries as well. There are different type of head injuries, and the type you suffer from will depend to a large extent on how serious the accident you were involved in was. These are some of the types of head/brain injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents.

Spinal Cord Injuries: these injuries in a lot of cases tend to affect the brain and impairs its ability to communicate with other parts of the body. The fibers responsible for sending signals from the spinal cord to the brain are a lot of times ruptured in the event of a spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries usually lead to other problems like sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, bowel movement problems, quadriplegia, just to mention a few.

Traumatic Brain Injury: commonly referred to as TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury usually manifests in different ways. Its symptoms could be in the form of severe headaches, epilepsy, difficulty in coordination, loss of balance and difficulty swallowing. People who suffer from TBI usually tend to be forgetful, have poor concentration, and are not able to process information or understand languages easily. TBI could also affect your mental health and make you suffer from mood swings, excessive anger, and depression.

Skull Fractures: this type of injury usually does not demand serious medical treatment, although in some cases may lead to damage to the brain. Any skull fracture that leads to brain damage usually causes severe damage to the brain and possibly the veins and arteries.

The human brain, unlike other organs in the body, isn’t capable of healing by itself. People who incur brain and head injuries are likely to receive more medical treatment than those who suffer from other types of injuries. Most brain injuries require more time and money for therapy and treatment.

Victims of motorcycle accidents don’t have to go through this on their own. A professional lawyer who specializes in motorcycle accidents could be of assistance and help you claim your compensation due to the accident.

If you have recently been the victim of a Motorcycle accident it is imperative that you contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney.

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Steps To Take After a Motorcycle Accident https://motorcycleaccident.org/steps-to-take-after-a-motorcycle-accident/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:18:17 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=295 Motorcyclists are at a significantly higher risk of accident than passenger car operators, because of this it is essential that you are prepared with steps to take when such accidents occur. What happens after your accident is crucial to the amount of compensation you could receive. In the following paragraphs, we will be looking at the steps to take when you are involved in an accident.

  1. Take down as much information as you can about the accident. It is important that you jot as much as you can about the accident, write down everything you can remember; what transpired to the exact time of the day the accident occurred, if there were hazards or obstacles present, the weather at the time of the accident, the number of people involved, any information at all irrespective of how important or unimportant it may seem.
  2. Ensure you take notes and document your injuries, there should be visual documentation in form of pictures and written documentation containing all relevant information pertaining to your injury as well. Inform the nearest medical personnel of any injury you sustained because of the accident.
  3. Get as many eyewitnesses as you can, immediately after the accident, follow up and have a conversation with any eyewitness at the scene as soon as you can. It is crucial that you get their account of events while it is still fresh in their memory.
  4. It is crucial to have a record of your conversations with each eyewitness. Information like; place, time, date, number of people involved etc. are very important. These records are important for the legal matters after.
  5. Try to revisit the scene of the accident. It is very important that you revisit the scene of the accident as soon as possible. When you revisit the scene, scan the environment where the accident occurred for more evidence. As time passes by, your mental state is a lot calmer and as a result you notice things that you might have missed when the accident occurred.
  6. Make sure that you have a pictorial record of the scene where the accident occurred. Its time you put on your forensic thinking cap and take as much pictures of the crime scene from different angles as you can. For best results endeavor to recapture the accident scene at about the same time the accident occurred initially.

Seeking Legal Advice

Similar to other claims that involve the loss of property and bodily injuries, laying claims to compensations as a result of motorcycle accidents can be a long, drawn out and complicated process. It is always advisable that you seek legal advice or have a lawyer represent you in such matters.

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Motorcycle Accidents vs. Car Accidents https://motorcycleaccident.org/motorcycle-accidents-vs-car-accidents/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:13:44 +0000 http://motorcycleaccident.org/?p=290 Motorcycle accidents vary in category and they are unique when compared to other forms of accidents. However, they all have similarities, what distinguishes a motorcycle accident from a vehicle accident is the cause, the risks involved in operating a motorcycle, the liability issues and the injuries sustained when a motorcycle accident occurs.

Motorcycle accidents are far more dangerous than car accidents. Motorcyclists lack the advantage of being protected by metal. Because of this, motorcycles have higher chances of an accident compared to cars. In addition, aside from the fact that there are a lot of motorcycle accidents, these accidents result in more fatalities compared to car accidents.

These are some of the major problems motorcyclists go through as opposed to car drivers: less stability, hazards like mud, and lastly blur and visibility issues to car drivers. A lot of motorcycle accidents occur because motorcyclists lack adequate motorcycle licensure.

Motorcycles accidents are normally ruled by negligence law when it comes to liability. What does this imply? This implies that a person is solely responsible for damages if such individual acts negligently and causes harm to another person. Motorcycle drivers sometimes are at fault of negligence in the case of an accident. This may be because they are operating a motorcycle while drunk, speeding or running a red light. Many times, the person operating the car is at fault of negligence. Many times, a car operator is only looking for cars and is not paying attention to motorcyclists.
After an accident contact a Motorcycle Attorney to advise you in handling a negligent driving case.

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