It’s not breaking news that riding motorcycles are dangerous. And while motorcycle accidents don’t necessarily occur more frequently than car crashes, the results can be devastating.
Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal more of the dangers:
- Motorcyclists account for 14% of all crash-related fatalities, even though they are only 3% of the vehicles on the road.
- Per vehicle miles traveled, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely than people in passenger cars to die in a traffic crash.
- 54% of motorcyclists killed in crashes were age 40 or older, and older riders sustained more serious injuries from crashes.
- 27% of motorcyclists killed in a crash had blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) above 0.08.
- 33% of motorcycle crash fatalities involved speeding.
Unfortunately, many of the dangers that motorcycle riders face daily come from negligent drivers.
Common Road Hazards to Motorcyclists
Even the most defensive motorcycle riders who obey the rules of the road can be involved in a motorcycle crash. Often, the injuries sustained are severe, life-altering, or fatal. Because of this, it is crucial for motorcyclists to be aware of the potential hazards they may face.
Drivers who willfully disregard traffic laws and engage in unsafe driving practices put motorcycle riders in the most danger. Some common reckless driving behaviors to look out for include:
- Driving under the influence
- Distracted driving
- Not following traffic laws
- Driving carelessly between lanes
- Not using turn signals
Hazardous Road Conditions
While normal vehicles may avoid or drive over hazards on the road, the same cannot be said for motorcyclists. Examples of those hazards include:
- Slick or wet roads
- Oil spills
- Uneven pavement
- Road debris
Suppose a road hazard causes a motorcycle crash. In that case, many different parties may be at fault, including the city, county, public agency, or private business that failed to maintain a clear roadway properly.
When an animal suddenly crosses an unsuspecting motorcyclist path, it can result in a deadly crash. Be mindful of any possible wildlife or other animals known to linger in the area to reduce your chances of being involved in a collision.
Missing or Hidden Traffic Signals and Signs
We rely on traffic signals and signs for a smooth flow of traffic. However, when traffic lights malfunction or signs are not apparent to a rider, they could easily crash with another vehicle and sustain a severe injury. Whenever riding through an intersection, proceed with caution at all times to avoid an accident.
Ways to Prevent Motorcycle Crashes
To ensure safe roads for all motorists, drivers should:
- Use side and rear-view mirrors
- Check blind spots when changing lanes
- Avoid distractions, such as texting and driving
- Drive at the speed limit
- Always look and listen for motorcycles nearby
- Only drive when sober and alert
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
Because of the nature of motorcycles, an accident can result in serious injuries and require a longer recovery period. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, speak to a seasoned personal injury attorney. Our team at Mitchell & West, LLC is here to help you get the maximum settlement possible.
We will fight for your rights to ensure you receive the fair and full compensation you need to pay for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Lost potential earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Disability damages
You have rights— we protect them. Turn to the attorneys at Mitchell & West, LLC today for assistance with your motorcycle accident case by calling (305) 783-3301.