Despite improvements in safety over the year, motorcycles remain markedly
more dangerous than other types of vehicles found on the road. Motorcycles
are generally less stable and less visible than cars and often come with
high performance capabilities. Additionally, when motorcycles are involved
in a crash, their riders lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle, so
they are more likely to be killed or injured. The United States government
estimates that for every mile traveled in 2013,
the number of deaths on motorcycles was 26 times higher than the number of deaths in cars.
Motorcycle deaths also continue to grow disproportionately to motorcycle
use. In 1997, there were over 3.8 million motorcycles registered in the
United States, a number that grew to over 6.2 million by 2005, a 68% increase.
In the same time period, motorcycle fatalities rose from 2,116 to 4,810,
an over 200% increase.
If you or a loved one is involved in a motorcycle or another type of automobile
accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries
by bringing a legal claim against the responsible parties. The experienced
personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are here to help.
Contact them today.
Ways to Stay Safe
According to the United States Department of Transportation’s National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, motorcycles were
responsible for 4,668 fatalities, down from 4,986 in 2012, with motorcycles
being involved in over 11% of all roadway accidents. One of the most important
ways that all motorcycles riders can make their ride safer is by wearing
a helmet. Georgia, as spelled out in
Georgia code 40-6-315, requires all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. The NHTSA estimates
that 1,630 motorcyclists’ lives and a further 715 lives could have
been saved had all motorcyclists worn helmets. A motorcyclist not wearing
a helmet is 40% more likely to die of a head injury and 15% more likely
to suffer a nonfatal, than one who wears a helmet.
Watch the Road
More than half of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. Of the
fatal motorcycle accidents that involved two-vehicles, 42% of them involved
a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing,
or overtaking the vehicle. Being alert and aware of your surroundings
not only makes you a safer driver, but could very well save your life.
Despite over half of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, that
leaves a little under half of all motorcycle accidents that occur with
another motorcycle, accounting for 1,791 deaths in 2013. Of those deaths,
48% were speeding, and 42% had a blood alcohol level over 42%. Some of
the other common causes of a motorcycle accident include:
Poor weather conditions
Not utilizing a turn signal
Lane splitting, when a motorcycle drives between two lanes
Ignoring traffic signals or conditions
It is important to always operate your motorcycle as safely as possible
and to wear appropriate safety gear. If you have been involved in a motorcycle
accident, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Goldstein
& Hayes, P.C.; they can help you with your case.