Riding a motorcycle is a unique experience. Motorcycles appeal because of their speed, maneuverability, and closeness to the road and environment, but they can also be a far more dangerous mode of transportation when compared to a car. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes result in a death or injury to the motorcyclists. Here are a few reasons why:
Lack of Protection
Cars have solid bodies, steel frames, seat belts, and air bags to protect their occupants. Motorcycles don’t have such built-in defenses. During a crash, motorcyclists are often ejected and may hit the road or other objects, even other vehicles. Many times, the rider is only protected by their clothing and helmet. While helmets must meet federal standards for absorbing impact, there is no guarantee that simply wearing a helmet will protect you from a brain injury.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to the NHTSA, nearly a third of crashes happen because motorists turn into the path of a vehicle that they did not see. Motorcyclists must make it a priority to remain visible and drive more cautiously around larger vehicles.
The NHTSA also reports that roughly 43 percent of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve alcohol. Because motorcycles require more skill and coordination to drive, they’re less forgiving of slower reaction time and impaired judgment than a car. In addition, motorcyclists can’t rely on a designated driver to take them home, if they’ve had too much to drink.
Sharing the Road
While motorcycles have the same rights and privileges as any other motor vehicle on the roadway, many times motorcyclists have to take extra precautions to make themselves visible to other motorists. It is recommended that bikers ride in the middle lane where they are more visible to other drivers.
Need a Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
Over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. Most of the time, it is the car or truck driver, not the motorcyclist, that is at fault. If you sustain injuries due to a motorcycle accident and those injuries were caused by another person, Florida law allows you to hold the at-fault party accountable. The Hancock Law Firm injury attorneys in Tampa will assess your case free of charge and advise you of the best course of action. Contact our Tampa Law Firm today for a no-obligation consultation.