You will realize how inherently unstable a vehicle it is if you have ever ridden in or operated a motorcycle. After all, you are in a constant balancing act as you travel, and you are exposed to the elements. Anything from a slick patch on the road to a crossing deer can spell serious injury or death. In fact, statistics show that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to suffer serious injury or death than automobile drivers under similar conditions. This is why motorcycle safety and safety gear like helmets that pass rigorous standards are so necessary.
There are a variety of scenarios that could result in a devastating motorcycle accident. In many cases, the motorcyclist was driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding or driving on the wrong side of the road. Head injuries are considered the leading cause of fatalities.
Of the fatalities, however, more than half involves another vehicle, and a significant number of crashes reported are due to driver inattentiveness. A motorcycle accident may result when a car driver fails to see a passing or turning motorcycle driver because he or she was distracted by one or more of the following:
- Talking on a mobile phone or texting
- Picking up something from the car floor
- Fiddling with the radio or GPS
- Arguing or talking with a passenger
- Eating or drinking
- Putting on makeup
Even when a motorcyclist operates his or her vehicle responsibly and follows all necessary safety regulations, an automobile accident that involves another vehicle is likely to result in serious injury or death. If you or someone you know was injured in a motorcycle accident because of a driver’s negligence or carelessness, you may need to pursue legal action to secure the compensation you need to cover your accident-related losses.