Traffic accidents involving motorcycles are particularly dangerous. Because a motorcycle driver is protected from the road only by a helmet and clothing—rather than the safety of a metal frame, seatbelt and airbags of a car or truck—the potential for very serious injury is elevated.
Causes of Motorcycle Accident
75% of all motorcycle accidents are the result of a collision with another vehicle, usually because the motorcycle was not visible to the driver of the automobile. Depending on the circumstances, this lack of visibility could be the fault of the motorcycle driver who was not obeying traffic laws, or the driver of the automobile who was distracted or otherwise negligent. Motorcyclists are also at risk of being rear-ended by careless automobile drivers.
Rain and inclement weather that deteriorates road conditions can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Similarly, areas where roadwork is being completed may pose a heightened risk for a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Broken bones, lacerations and even head injuries are commonly associated with motorcycle accidents. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is extremely important that you receive medical care immediately. Regardless of the severity of the accident or the injuries you may have sustained, you will also need to take steps to begin a claim with your insurance company and/or a personal injury claim against the other party involved in the accident. Consulting an experienced personal injury attorney may be helpful as you begin this process.