Hitting the open road on a motorcycle is a truly freeing experience – there is little that stands in the way between the driver and the excitement that comes from the ride. However, with that freedom comes a great deal of risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 88,000 motorcyclists were injured as the result of an accident on the road in 2013. Motorcycle accidents are common because unlike a car or truck, no barrier exists between the rider and the road, and other vehicles often report difficulty seeing motorcycles when driving. If you are one of the 8.5 million motorcycle riders on the road, it is important to be aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents to keep your safety top priority.
It can be thrilling to push your motorcycle to the limit in terms of speed, especially on an open road with seemingly few obstacles to maneuver around. However, the NHTSA reports that 34% of all fatal motorcycle accidents are the result of excessive speeding. Taking a turn, hitting a pothole, or an unexpected change from pavement to gravel or dirt at high speeds can all cause a rider to lose control of the bike with little to no time to correct the issue.
Motorcycle accidents may also be the result of inexperience. Because motorcycles are small and lightweight, handling them on the road may seem simple after completing the required training or riding consistently for a few weeks or months. Unfortunately, a motorcycle’s size does not work to the advantage of an inexperienced rider on the road. Skidding, toppling, and severe sliding are common among new riders, and less than ideal weather can make these accidents even worse.
In addition to inexperience and speeding, riders who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are more prone to cause motorcycle accidents. According to NHTSA’s recent report on motorcycle safety facts, of the total fatal motorcycle crashes in 2013, 28% involved alcohol levels above the legal limit. Riding while intoxicated can lead to much slower response times than normal, and road hazards such as construction zones or sharp turns may not be as quickly maneuvered when a rider’s senses are not fully intact. The possibility for personal injury due to impaired driving is higher with motorcyclists because little protection exists between the rider, the road or another vehicle.
As a motorcyclist, there is no way to predict what will happen while on the open road. However, having an understanding of the common causes of motorcycle accidents is key to preventing injury while riding.
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At Van Sant Law, our attorneys understand how motorcycle accidents caused by another distracted or impaired driver can have a negative impact on your life. Personal injuries that result from a motorcycle accident can cause as much emotional and financial damage as physical harm, and we are here to help. Our experienced team of lawyers takes great care to ensure each personal injury client is fully compensated from the insurance company through our commitment to thorough investigation and pursuit of accident claims. If you have been the victim of a motorcycle accident, contact us today for a free consultation.