19 Jul Motorcycle Accident Facts and Statistics (Part 1)
Although motorcycles only make up about 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S., motorcycle riders are approximately 30 times more likely to die and about 5 times more likely to be injured in a traffic accident than other motorists on U.S. roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some of the reasons for this shocking statistic are that:
- Motorcycle riders have far less protections than other motorists (while riders lack any vehicle frames around them, they also do not have airbags, seatbelts or other safety equipment that could protect them in the event of an accident).
- Motorcycles weigh far less than cars, trucks and other vehicles on the roads, which means that, even at slow speeds, a great impact can be sustained by the motorcycle and its rider during a traffic accident.
- Other motorists on the roadways may be less inclined to watch out for or more unlikely to see motorcycle riders, particular when riders may be in their blind spots.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While motorcycle accidents can be cause by unforeseen or unpreventable factors – such as adverse weather conditions, in many cases, the negligence or recklessness of another party can play a role in causing serious motorcycle accidents. Specific examples of such negligence can include (but is not limited to):
- Other drivers’ being intoxicated, being distracted or failing to obey traffic laws
- Cities, counties or other entities failing to properly maintain the roadways
- Motorcycle equipment manufacturers installing defective equipment (like brakes or tires) on motorcycles.
When any type of negligence causes motorcycle accidents, injured riders will be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses.
Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident and suspect that another party’s negligence or recklessness may be to blame, the Phoenix motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Office of Richard Langerman will fight to help you obtain the maximum possible compensation you deserve to cover your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. We have extensive experience representing clients both inside and outside of the courtroom against both defense attorneys and insurance company agents alike.
Our attorneys will fight to protect our clients’ rights, ensuring they obtain the compensation they deserve. Because we accept cases on a contingency basis, you will pay no attorney fees unless we recover financial compensation for you. To learn more about your legal rights and receive a free initial consult, contact us today by calling (602) 240-5525.