Motorcycle accidents can have serious, often fatal, consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 100,000 motorcyclists were killed in accidents that occurred between 1966 and 2000. Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to injuries during a crash as they have no seatbelts or outside protection from other vehicles. It has been found, however, that motorcyclists who were helmets have a higher rate of survival following motorcycle accidents than do those who choose not to wear a helmet.
How do motorcycle accidents usually occur?
Motorcycle accidents occur in many different ways, but there are some observable trends. Being aware of them may help motorcyclists and drivers to avoid dangerous behavior while on the road.
Most motorcycle accidents involve a motorcycle and another moving vehicle. In more than three-quarters of these accidents, it is the front of the motorcycle that strikes the other vehicle. Still, more than one-quarter of motorcycle accidents happen when a motorcycle crashes into a stationary object. In any case, motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur when either the driver or the motorcyclist is speeding or is under the influence of alcohol.
Tips for Preventing Motorcycle Accidents
Taking precautions and driving or riding defensively can prevent some motorcycle accidents. Statistics back this up. In 2000, the number of motorcyclists who were speeding at the time of a fatal motorcycle accident was double that for drivers of other vehicles. Furthermore, motorcyclists were more likely to be riding without a license or while under the influence of alcohol. By avoiding such behavior, motorcyclists can reduce their odds of being in a crash. By being aware of other vehicles, especially large trucks with significant blind spots, motorcyclists can avoid some potential accidents. In case an accident does occur, wearing a helmet can provide some protection.
Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle accidents can be frightening and confusing, especially if an injury or fatality occurs. It is important to remain calm so that you can gather the information you need both at the scene and in the days following the accident.
In accidents where serious injury occurs, it may not be possible to gather all the information you need on the spot. Whenever possible, however, be sure to record:
· Names, addresses, and phone numbers of the people involved
· Insurance information from the other driver(s)
· Names and phone numbers of any witnesses, including police officers if they are present
· The circumstance of the accident, including the location
· Any known injuries or obvious vehicle damage
As soon as possible after a motorcycle accident, you should:
· Contact your insurance company
· File a police report (if there have been injuries or significant property damage)
· Schedule a consultation with a qualified attorney who specializes in motorcycle accident cases
Motorcycle accidents, especially those involving injuries, can be complicated and confusing. An experienced attorney can help mediate between the insurance companies and can help protect your interests. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to receive compensation. Contact a motorcycle accident attorney to learn more.
Do not, under any circumstances wait to call our law firm. The law may limit the amount of time to file a claim. When you contact our law firm we will evaluate your case for free and help you determine how to maximize your compensation.
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