It’s All About Risk Over Safety
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that, in 2012, there were 112,000 motorcycle accidents: 4,957 of these were fatal, while 93,000 resulted to serious injuries. Crashing into solid fixtures at high speed, head-on collision, rear-end collision and side impact are the deadliest types of motorcycle accidents as these can easily severely injure, disable or kill a rider.
Motorcycle riders are so much more susceptible to severe injuries due to their lack or bodily protection and it is this lack of protection that makes riders 20 times more likely to die in a crash compared to drivers of cars and other motor vehicles. But, if motorcycles are really much riskier and more dangerous than other types of vehicle, then why do more and more people continue to love it so that the number of those who buy and use these only increases every year?
The answer to this may come as a surprise, but various studies conducted (separately) by governmental and private organizations consistently show that it is the danger associated with riding a motorbike which makes this type of motor vehicle more exciting to ride. It is lighter and smaller (compared to a car), less stable because it only has two wheels, easily affected by road hazards, such as sand and pot holes, and it is less visible on the road and requires more riding skills. Studies also show that if more wheels were added to a motorcycle, then people will stop buying and riding it. However, without changing its two-wheel design, then people can expect these things: purchases, rides, and, sadly, injuries and deaths. In addition to this, people choose the increased risk of injury (by riding a motorcycle) rather than forgo the opportunity of enjoying the feeling of freedom that they can get from riding a bike. However, it also puts emphasis on the fact that drivers who cause serious injury to a motorcycle rider should be made to pay compensation for their mistake.
There are two classifications of accidents involving motorcycles: single-bike crashes or multiple-vehicle accidents. The first classification, which is more the common type of motorcycle accident, involves no other person or vehicle besides the rider and his/her bike. It includes accidents, such as crashing into a concrete barrier or any fixture, like a lamp post, or crashing on asphalt after running on a patch of gravel, sand or leaves on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) points to alcohol use and speeding as the two major causes of single-bike accidents; both factors greatly reduce a riders’ capability to react on time to emergency or dangerous road situations and make a rider lose control of his/her bike easily.
A multiple-vehicle accident, on the other hand, is the deadlier type of motorcycle accident. It involves another vehicle, such as a car, an SUV or, worse, a truck. This type of accident usually results from driver distraction, failure to notice an approaching motorcycle, a driver’s simple refusal to acknowledge and respect a motorcyclist’s right of way or impairment due to alcohol or illegal drug.
Thus, due to the devastating results motorcycle accidents often lead to, Houston personal injury lawyers of Williams Kherkher can only recommend that victims contact a motorcycle accident lawyer immediately to analyze who could be at fault in order to decide whether pursuing a claim is advisable.