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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Researchers estimate that every year motorcycle accidents compose 35 times more accidents than those caused by passenger vehicles.  That is, annually, there are 35 times more people killed in motorcycle accidents than there are people killed in accidents involving other types of vehicles.  Motorcyclists are at risk for a lot more than drivers of other kinds and makes of vehicles, mostly because they are not very visible on the roads, tend to speed, and are much more exposed to harm as they are not protected by a car’s (for example) shell-like metal casing.

Motorcycle accidents are commonly caused by the following things:

·         Head on collisions (over 50% of all motorcycle-related deaths happen for this reason)—most of the time, the motorcyclist is struck from the front and dies instantly.
·         Lane splitting, or when a cyclist goes between two lanes, driving on the line barrier as in the case of slow or stopped traffic
·         Approximately 42% of motorcycle accidents are a result of car turning left and colliding with the motorcyclist
·         The use of drugs and alcohol while operating or before operating a motorcycle
·         Speeding
·         Hitting an object on the road (accounts for about 25% of motorcycle accident deaths)
·         Poorly maintained roads, which affect motorcyclists much more than cars

Injuries that Result from Motorcycle Accidents

Researchers estimate that those in motorcycle accidents have 16 times more serious injuries than those involved in car accidents.  Some of the most common injuries resultant of a motorcycle accident include, but are not limited to:

·         Death
·         Abrasions to the skin from sliding across the pavement
·         Lifelong disfigurement
·         Bruises and laceration
·         Broken and fractured bones
·         Burn injuries
·         TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)
·         Paralysis

Call a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer at the toll free number listed on your screen to speak with an informative, caring representative of our law firm.  We will fight for your rights as a victim and work to get you the monetary compensation you are entitled to.

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