Riding a motorcycle can be a fun and exhilarating way to travel, but it is not without its risks. According to the federal government, in 2006 there were 35 times more deaths per mile traveled due to motorcycle accidents than car accidents. These accidents are not necessarily more frequent, but they are more deadly due to the lack of protection afforded by a motorcycle.
For motorcyclists, one of the biggest dangers on the road is that of other vehicles. Cars are involved in over half of motorcycle deaths (56 percent). When a car strikes a motorcycle, even a mild collision can be catastrophic for a motorcycle driver as it can be difficult to regain control of a bike and these accidents pose serious risks for ejection. Even riders wearing helmets can sustain serious injuries in these crashes.
When a motorcycle is on the road, the driver is most at risk for a collision when cars are making left turns. This action accounts for 42 percent of all motorcycle-car crashes even though it comprises a relatively small amount of a car’s route. Quite often left-hand turn accidents happen because a motorist is not dually noting his or her surroundings and watching out for bike riders. While drivers are accustomed to watching out for larger vehicles like cars and trucks, motorcycles can be much easier to miss. Careless motorists who make turns at intersections may not see other turning vehicles approaching until it is too late.
For their part, motorcyclists can take measures to ensure their safety. Sometimes left-turning vehicles hit motorcycles that are trying to pass or overtake these cars. More cautious driving will help prevent these collisions and reduce motorcycle-related deaths and injuries.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may need to seek compensation from the parties responsible. Speak with a skilled Florida personal injury lawyer to learn more.
Personal Injury attorney Mark Link also contributed to this blog post.