Thanks for printing! Don't forget to come back to Steelhorse Law for fresh articles!
An Analysis of Motorcycle Accidents
Cruising the open road…there's just no comparison to the
sense of exhilaration you feel when riding a motorcycle. If you ride one
yourself, you know the feeling of unparalleled freedom you get when you look at
the world from the unique perspective of a biker. You also know, however, that
you're always at risk of getting into an accident. Are you curious about what
most often causes a motorcycle crash, what happens during one, and what to do
if it happens to you? Continue reading for a brief analysis of motorcycle
Car Versus Motorcycle
Of course, there isn't one sole cause
of all motorcycle accidents. However, the most common accidents happen when a
car turns left in front of a rider. This type of crash usually occurs at an
intersection. Another common cause is when a car veers over into the lane where
a motorcycle is traveling. Then there's the crash that happens from behind. In
most car vs. motorcycle accidents, the driver of the car was likely either
distracted or the motorcycle was traveling in the area known as the blind spot.
Another thing to remember about automobile drivers is that their brains aren't
programmed to look for motorcycles. By the time they realize one is in their
path, it's often too late.
Rider Versus Motorcycle
No matter how experienced you are or how many safety classes
you attend, you can still end up being a statistic. Even the most cautious rider
can encounter road hazards like gravel or sand in a blind corner. Your front
tire hits it and you're set up for a wipe out. Sometimes riders hit a corner
too fast and before they realize what's happening, they lay the bike down.
Weather conditions are another common cause of accidents. Anytime roads are wet,
you have the right conditions for a crash. Finally, your buddies can interfere
with your safety. Maybe you're out for a group ride. One rider stops and the
rider behind is looking at the scenery and hits him from behind.
What Happens When a Motorcycle Crashes?
No matter what causes the accident, a motorcycle accident
involves three things. The rider, the bike, and a variety of environmental
factors all play into what happens during the accident. Of course, injury and
even death can occur, but there are also other things to consider. For one,
consider the fact that unlike a car, the motorcycle itself offers nothing in
the way of protection for the rider or their passenger. It's not uncommon for a
rider to be thrown off the bike. If that happens, the rider may hit other
bikes, cars, or other objects in their path. It's almost a given that the rider
will hit the ground. As far as injuries, you might end up with road rash,
broken bones, bruises, and possibly internal bleeding. And we haven't even
talked about what a thrashed bike looks like after an accident. If the rider
walks away without a scratch, the bike isn't usually as lucky. Depending on the
make and model, repairs can end up costing hundreds, sometimes thousands of
Accidents happen to even the most experienced riders. Be prepared by paying attention to safety and knowing where to get medical and legal help if you're injured. If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident, George Stein Steelhorse Law can answer your questions about the next steps to take. Call today.