The number of motorcycle wrecks that occur on our nation’s highways every year is astounding. Motorcycle wrecks often end up causing greater injury and damages due to a motorcyclist’s lack of protection. Deaths in motorcycle accidents are many times more likely to occur than in passenger auto accidents. In 2003, 3,661 motorcycle drivers were killed and almost 70, 000 were injured in car wrecks. The Department of Transportation reports that the rate of automobile accidents has substantially gone down in almost every automobile category with the exception of motorcycle wrecks…these have gone up substantially since the early days of the new millennium.
There are several factors that may contribute to motorcycle accidents. Seventy five percent of all motorcycle crashes involve a passenger vehicle. Of these, two thirds are the result of a passenger car driver’s negligence, which often fails to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist. 50 percent of all motorcycle wrecks are the result of alcohol usage.
There are a number of steps that may be taken to reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents. These occur within the first five months and five hundred miles of a cyclists riding experience. In order to avoid motorcycle accidents, cyclists must by trained in the proper accident avoidance maneuvers. Riding school may also train riders be better at avoiding accidents.
The use of motorcycle helmets and other protective gear is absolutely important in reducing injury and accidental death from motorcycle wrecks. Research shows that helmets are 29 percent efficient in preventing death in motorcycle wrecks and 67 percent efficient in preventing serious brain and spinal cord injuries.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle wreck, contact a motorcycle accident attorney right away by filling out the free case evaluation form to the right of this screen.