Motorcycle Accidents result in serious injuries or death. In fact, according to statistics gathered by Governors Safety Highway Association, motorcyclist traffic fatalities were projected to increase by about 9% in 2012 compared to 2011. This means that motorcyclist fatalities increased in 14 of the last 15 years.
Serious injuries could include:
- Brain damage,
- Spinal cord injury,
- Fractures and broken bones,
- Scars or disfigurement,
- Neck and back injuries,
- Knee/joint injuries and torn ligaments,
- Shoulder injuries, and
- Road rash and lacerations.
The reason for the severity of such injuries can be attributed to the simple fact that motorcycles provide less protection in crashes when compared with other vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways. The motorcyclist can be involved in a crash with a car, truck or bus. Such accidents generally occur in head-on collisions, i.e. a motorcyclist has a head-on collision with the other vehicle’s side, rear or front.
In head-on collisions, the chance of sustaining a serious injury or death increases because the motorcyclist is often thrown from his/her bike due a lack of seat belt.
A motorcycle accident can also occur when a car makes a left-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist, striking the motorcyclist in the process or forcing him/her to swerve to avoid the collision. Often times, this type of accident occurs because the driver of the car did not see the motorcycle due to its small size and/or did not expect a motorcycle to be approaching or passing it on the left. The same may also occur when a car is making a right-hand turn, although this type of accident appears to occur less frequent.
Lane splitting is another cause of motorcycle accidents. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of traffic where cars are stopped or are moving slowly, such as in a traffic jam.
How can you protect yourself?
- Always wear a helmet that is “DOT Certified.” This ensures the quality and guarantees the helmet has gone through rigorous safety testing. A properly-fitted helmet is the single most important safety equipment a driver or passenger can wear. A full-face helmet provides the best protection.
- Wear protective jacket and pants, sturdy gloves that cover your wrists, and boots that protect your ankles.
- Before riding, make sure your motorcycle is in good condition. Check the tires, wheels, rims, drive system, electrical, fluids, clutch, throttle, mirror, and brakes.
- While driving, communicate with drivers or read vehicle language. Do not rely on other driver’s judgment or assume they’ll respect your right of way. They may not see you or may misjudge your distance or speed. When in doubt, yield the right of way.
- When overtaking vehicles, watch for signal lights, front wheel movements or drivers who are shoulder-checking or checking their mirrors.
- Do your best to stay out of drivers’ blind spots.
Regardless of the cause of the accident, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, please give us a call. Motorcycle Accident Attorney Mason Rashtian represents clients throughout the Southern California in all matters relating to motorcycle accident injuries and death.
Personal Injury Attorney Mason Rashtian knows how to obtain the best settlement for his clients who have been involved in motorcycle accidents. Some of the best riders can become victim to inattentive drivers and be injured in a way that can be life altering and catastrophic. We will provide you with an honest and complete assessment and educate you as to your options.
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