A sense of freedom and adventure, the scenery passing by on a wonderful journey, the wind and roar of the engine enticing, it is almost magical.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often injured while enjoying these experiences, most often because other motorists fail to make proper observations of their 2-wheeled traveling companions, or those motorists simply don’t respect the safety of the motorcycle rider.
One of the most frequent Motorcycle Collisions occurs when a car makes a left turn in front of the motorcycle. Lane change collisions on 2 or more lane highways are also common. Sometimes, it is not another motor vehicle driver, but a roadway defect, such as a pothole, or improperly maintained roadway surface or grade which causes a motorcycle crash. In these cases the town, city or state may be responsible. Other causes of motorcycle collisions are speeding, aggressive or distracted driving, blind spots in a car, or simply driver inattention and distraction such as that caused by portable electronic devices which should never be used while driving a motor vehicle.
Following many Motorcycle Crashes, the other driver’s insurance company will often try to point the blame at the cyclist, claiming motorcycles are risky or even attempt to portray all motorcyclists as daredevils.
In 2011, almost 2,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2 vehicle collisions, of which 38% were the result of the other vehicle turning left. Sadly, many motorcyclists are killed each year. The most likely age group to be killed is 20-29. Compared by miles traveled, the number of deaths from motorcycle crashes was 26 times higher in 2013 for motorcyclists compared to drivers of other motor vehicles. More than 50% of non-fatal injuries are to the neck, back, legs, and feet. Head injuries are also an ever present threat in motorcycle collisions, especially when the motorcycle driver chooses not to wear a helmet, a freedom permitted in many states. In 2013, more than 4600 fatalities resulted from motorcycle collisions while some 88,000 riders were injured in crashes.
In Pennsylvania, since 2003, a motorcycle driver over the age of 21 years old is not required to wear a helmet while traveling on a motorcycle. Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that only 60% of motorcycle riders wore helmets in 2013. However, helmets save lives and our motorcycle injury lawyers recommend always selecting and wearing the best possible helmet at all times while enjoying a motorcycle adventure.
A motorcycle lacks the protection that an automobile provides wrapped in tons of steel and protective safety devises such as airbags and padded interior compartments. There is very little separating a motorcyclist from the road, and the types of injuries caused by motorcycle crashes can be tragic. Often resulting in gruesome and life-altering injuries.
The most common types of motorcycle crashes are:
- Motorcycle – Car Collisions: Often due to the motorcycle being concealed in the car’s blind spot or going unnoticed by the car’s driver. Lane changes by the car also cause these collisions.
- Single Motorcycle Collisions: These types of collisions are caused due to the motorcycle’s susceptibility to loss of control on certain road surfaces, road defects and striking fixed objects in an attempt to avoid another vehicle.
- Open Door Collisions: This type of collision is common in urban settings where the motorcycles typically are required to ride close to parked cars. A driver exiting a car may fail to look in the mirrors and notice the motorcycle. This type of crash often leads to ejection of the motorcycle rider, leading to severe impacts with the roadway surface of other vehicle.
- Motorcycle-Pedestrian Collision: These collisions can occur when a pedestrian fails to notice the approach of a motorcycle. They typically occur at busy intersections in urban areas where pedestrian traffic is abundant.Motorcyclists can suffer a wide range of injuries. Some can be minor while others can be life-altering, often dependent upon the speed of the vehicles involved.Common injuries caused by motorcycle accidents include:
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal Cord injury leading to paralysis
- Disfigurement and amputations
If you are involved in a motorcycle crash, you should contact an experienced motorcycle collision attorney right away. The motorcycle injury lawyers at Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. are passionate about motorcycle riding and protecting their fellow bikers when tragedy strikes. We know how to seek eyewitnesses and preserve evidence. We will assist the injured motorcyclist find expert medical care and rehabilitation to recover their daily functions and life activities. We will handle all contact with the other driver’s insurance company and negotiate a settlement that will fully compensate you for your injuries.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.