All drivers face vulnerability when they get behind the wheel, but motorcyclists face unique and extreme dangers. Unfortunately, though it is a favorite American pastime, riding motorcycles has also become a death sentence for many riders who become victims of the negligence of other drivers. This is why so many lawyers have become devout advocates to motorcycle riders and their families to pursue compensation after traffic accidents occur.
Motorcycle Safety Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people lost their lives in 2015, a figure that rose a full 8.3 percent from its 2014 data. Many more motorcyclists were injured in the same year, totalling 88,000. This means that motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile driven, and five times more likely to sustain an injury.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcyclists and vehicles must share the road together, but this has proven challenging from the start. In fact, more than half of motorcycle accident deaths occur in crashes that involve motorcycles and other vehicles. The majority of such deaths result from a car striking a motorcycle from the front in a head on collision. Cars making left turns are also major dangers to motorcyclists, because it is all too likely that a car will strike a motorcycle when it is going through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. While these types of accidents are common between multiple cars themselves, motorcycles are smaller and provide much less visibility. Plus, motorcyclists are so exposed on their bikes that they are more vulnerable to serious injury and death.
Seeking Legal Support
While some motorcyclists cause their own accidents by speeding, drinking, and committing other risky behaviors, the many motorcyclists who are victims of negligent vehicle driving can pursue legal recourse with the help of experienced attorneys like the team at the Law Office of Joseph P. Bartek in Bellingham, Washington. A lawyer knows how to prove fault from the other driver and gain compensation for injured motorcyclists or the families of deceased motorcyclists. Compensation can cover everything from medical bills and lost income to mental anguish, pain and suffering, burial expenses, and loss of companionship. It’s critical that motorcyclists seek help from a qualified attorney in order to obtain the full amount of compensation deserved.