Motorcycle Accidents: Recognizing the Dangers
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a 5% decrease in the total number of motorcycle accident deaths in 2018. Unfortunately, these types of accidents still took 4,985 lives on the road. Motorcycle accidents still contribute to far too many fatal and injury-related collisions.
You should recognize what problems exist regarding motorcycle accidents, including the following pinpoints:
- Why motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries
- The differences between motorcycle accidents and car crashes
- What motorists and motorcyclists can do to avoid severe collisions
- Who is most often negligent in these cases
- How often Pennsylvania experiences motorcycle accidents
When you look at the potential dangers concerning motorcycle accidents, it’s easy to see why so many victims suffer from some of the most catastrophic damages. Unfortunately, despite the minimal drop in fatal motorcycle accidents this year, there are no signs of the problem going away.
Jim Beasley has spent 40+ years racing motorcycles. He recognizes the nuances of the vehicle, the concerns on the road, and the ways in which negligence plays a factor in causing a crash. He utilizes this knowledge in every motorcycle accident case our firm encounters.
Below, we’ll provide vital information that all drivers and motorcyclists on the road should know. Safety is crucial, and all parties must respect one another to prevent severe consequences.
If you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident, we’ll be there to guide you through the process: (215) 866-2424.
Why Motorcycle Accident Often Result in Catastrophic or Fatal Injuries
Motorcycle accidents are dangerous. The rider on the motorcycle is more likely to suffer severe harm because of the circumstances involved with the crash. For instance, some of the injuries that riders can suffer occur when the motorcycle accident includes the following situations:
- A sideswipe collision can send a motorcyclist to the ground or into another vehicle
- A head-on collision can cause the motorcyclist to flip over the handlebars of the motorcycle
- A rear-end collision can launch the motorcyclist forward onto the ground or on the hood of the vehicle
The impact that a motorcycle accident can have on a person’s body, leading to some of the worst injuries imaginable. Even with a helmet, it’s possible for a motorcyclist to suffer a traumatic brain injury. There is still significant impact when his or her head hits the ground or a vehicle.
The helmet aids in preventing problems, but it doesn’t completely prevent damages from occurring.
The Differences Between Motorcycle Accidents and Car Crashes
In a car accident, there is a high potential for someone to suffer severe injuries. Some auto collisions are worse than others, depending on the speed at which the vehicles collide and other underlying circumstances. However, motorcycle accidents can be much worse.
In motorcycle accidents, the individual on the motorcycle does not have the same amount of protection that motorists do in passenger vehicles. Instead, they’re susceptible to significant dangers from the impact with another vehicle and the ground.
Motorcyclists don’t have the large metal frame surrounding them as most drivers do. There’s nothing to keep the rider on the motorcycle like a seat belt, no airbags to limit the impact, and nothing to stop the impact of the crash from ejecting the motorcyclist off his or her motorcycle.
As a result, those on motorcycles are at a higher risk of long-term and fatal injuries.
What Motorists and Motorcyclists Can do to Avoid Severe Collisions
In terms of staying safe, motorists and motorcyclists must take the proper precautions to show everyone on the road respect. Many motorcyclists lane split; many motorists fail to provide motorcyclists with room to maneuver on the road.
Unfortunately, both parties may act aggressively, putting the other at risk of harm. The most effective way to stay safe and avoid severe collisions is to respect one another on the road. Don’t just assume that one side deserves to have more room than the other, or that your actions will go without a reaction.
Who is Most Often Negligent in These Cases
Many factors play a role in negligence in motorcycle accidents. You should know that these cases are not always cut-and-dry. Some situations call the negligence of many people into question because of the circumstances concerning the accident.
If a drunk driver causes a motorcycle accident, there may be the question of dram shop or social host liability. If the driver has a defective product on his or her car, the manufacturer may hold some liability. In some instances, one driver can cause another motorist to swerve into a motorcyclist.
There are some negligent motorcyclists, and it’s crucial to recognize what actions make this situation occur. Motorcyclists may hold negligence if they are speeding, swerving in and out of traffic, or otherwise reckless on the road.
How Often Pennsylvania Experiences Motorcycle Accidents
The stats concerning motorcyclist accidents are alarming, especially in Pennsylvania. In 2016, over 3,300 motorcyclists suffered injuries. About 190 riders and passengers suffered fatal injuries.
In that same year, many of the motorcyclists involved in crashes were driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately, many crashes involved riders who were not wearing a helmet.
These numbers outline the significant dangers associated with riding motorcycles when the parties are not safe and cautious of others on the road. Whether the motorist is negligent, or the motorcyclist does something to hold liability, these accidents lead to some of the worst injuries possible.
It’s crucial for all drivers, motorcyclists, and others on the road to take the proper care to show others respect on the road and avoid negligent actions.
Let Our Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Help
If you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident, you should recognize what rights are available to hold the negligent party accountable. We realize that motorcyclists most often suffer the worst of the damage when a crash occurs. As such, if a driver is negligent and you suffer injury as a motorcyclist, you may file a lawsuit for the damages he or she suffers.
It’s vital to work with an attorney who can help you recognize what negligence may exist and how to navigate the legal system to pursue compensation. Proving liability in a motorcycle accident requires four factors:
- You must show that there was a duty of care present. In most situations involving collisions, someone with a driver’s license has a duty of care to all others on the road.
- You must show that the driver did something to breach the duty of care. Regarding motorcycle accidents, a breach of duty of care can include any act that breaks the laws a driver agrees to abide by when they obtain their license.
- You must show that the breach of duty of care was the direct cause of the accident. For instance, if the driver was speeding, you must show that the cause of the motorcycle accident was that action.
- You must show that the accident was the direct cause of your injuries. By receiving medical attention after an accident, you can have a doctor assess your injuries and potentially attribute them to the crash.
At The Beasley Firm, we recognize the severity of motorcycle accidents and how lifelong damages can ensue. We commit ourselves to representing your rights and best interests in pursuit of the compensation you deserve following an injury resulting from someone else’s actions.
Jim Beasley has been riding motorcycles for over 40 years. He recognizes where negligence exists, when problems occur with the motorcycle, and what can be done to pursue compensation for injured parties.
Trust that our Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorneys will be by your side every step of the process, helping you make decisions that can lead to the most positive outcome possible. We have the experience, skill, and tenacity you need to obtain justice.
Call our firm at (215) 866-2424 today to speak with a legal professional who can explain your rights and options, as well as prepare you for what comes next.