Motorcycles offer freedom on the road, but when you’re driving next to full-size cars, trucks, & SUVs at high speeds, there’s a certain amount of risk involved.
In fact, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to be killed in an accident than people in vehicles according to 2014 fatal crash data. Staying sober and wearing a helmet are an obvious necessity when you are on the road, but motorcycle accidents can happen at any time.
The attorneys at Powell & Associates Law Firm are here to help if you or your loved one has been harmed from a motorcycle accident in Metro Atlanta. We are experts in traffic law and negligent drivers should never get a free pass. If you’ve been harmed from the irresponsible driving of another motorist, contact us for help.
Learn the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and the shocking statistics behind this type of wreck.
Although motorcycle fatalities have been steadily declining since the 1980s, but started to increase in 1998. A shocking 4,693 U.S. citizens died in auto crashes in 2015, and accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2015 according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The majority of fatally injured motorcyclists in the 1970s were under thirty years old. However, recent trends show that there is a fairly even spread of fatalities across ages. Unfortunately, helmet use is not very effective to prevent severe injuries. In 2015, 61 percent of motorcyclists fatally injured were wearing a helmet. Although riding a motorcycle may feel liberating, it is still an extremely dangerous way to travel.
Since motorcyclists do not have the same level of protection on the road as a driver in a sedan or SUV, injury is much more prevalent if an accident occurs. Most motorcycle accidents are caused by negligence of either the cyclist or the colliding vehicle.
Many accidents occur when a car merges into a motorcyclist’s lane or doesn’t respect their right of way. Since motorcyclists can navigate between car lanes, a car quickly switching lanes is a prevalent recipe for disaster. Some motorcyclists are hit from behind or collide with another vehicle due to negligent turning. If you spot a cyclist on the road, be sure to share the road, and pay extra attention when making turns or merging into another lane.
Finally, faulty equipment can cause unforeseen consequences, so always get your vehicle regularly serviced.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, call the experts at Powell & Associates for help. You may be eligible to receive compensation for the negligent consequences of another motorist.
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