Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,290 motorcyclists were killed and 96,000 were injured in 2008. Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 37 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents Include:
- Alcohol - In 2008, 30% of fatally injured motorcyclists had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels of .08g/dL or higher. An additional 7% had BAC between .01 and .07g/dL
- Speeding - In 2008, 35% of all motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding
- Lack of Safety Training - 24% of all motorcyclists who died in a traffic collision were operating driving with an invalid license at the time of the accident
- Negligence of other drivers - 70% of motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers failing to recognize motorcyclists
- Poor road and weather conditions
- Equipment failure
Tips for a Safe Ride
- Wear a helmet! Helmets are estimated to be 37% effective in preventing fatal injuries to motorcycle drivers and 41% for motorcycle passengers
- Never drink and drive
- Obey the speed limit
- Learn tips and techniques for safe driving
- Stay informed of safety and traffic rules
- Be aware of weather conditions before you ride
- Wear proper clothing, eye and face protection
- Use ear plugs to reduce hearing damage from wind noise
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the most important step in protecting your legal rights is to meet with a skilled and experienced attorney to discuss your case.
The attorneys of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff have years of experience successfully litigating vehicle accident cases. We will analyze your potential claim from many angles, looking for violations of traffic laws and DMV regulations, medical treatment issues, time limits for filing your case, insurance issues, product liability, premises liability, and issues of negligent or reckless driving by all of the involved drivers, including you (comparative fault).
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