In a perfect world, motorcycle accidents would prove no more dangerous than passenger car crashes to the drivers and occupants involved. Sadly, that world does not exist. A need to share the road with larger vehicles whose drivers may be drunk, distracted or simply inattentive to their surroundings puts the motorcycle rider at a disproportionate risk for death or serious injury. The statistics are enough to alarm even the most responsible and highly trained motorcycle enthusiast.
How the Numbers Bear This Out
In contrast to the occupants of a car or truck, motorcycle riders have little more than a helmet and perhaps a leather jacket to protect them. This leaves them at considerable risk for injury. For moped riders, many of whom see no need for wearing any sort of headgear, the danger soars that much higher. In the state of Nevada and across the United States, the odds of a motorcycle rider facing injury from any type of road accident are staggering. Only 2 percent will walk away unscathed. The rest are certain to suffer some degree of physical trauma. The most common types include:
- Soft tissue abrasions.
- Dislocated joints.
- Broken bones.
- Internal injuries.
- Spinal cord damage.
- Partial or complete paralysis.
- Permanent mental impairment.
- Loss of one or more limbs.
In addition, a cyclist's chances of suffering a fatal injury in an accident are more than 30 times higher than are those of an occupant in a truck or standard passenger car. The monetary costs to the victim will surely rise in relation to the severity of the injuries.
The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Of the 75 percent of motorcycle mishaps that involve a collision with a truck or passenger vehicle, the most common causative factors include:
- Poor visibility.
- Drunken driving.
- Driver distractions.
- Improper lane changes.
- Heavy weather, poor road conditions and operator inexperience are other common instigators.
How Motorcycle Accidents Occur
Compared to other vehicles on the road, motorcycles are at a distinct disadvantage. Their smaller size alone can render them relatively invisible to the drunk, distracted or inattentive driver who fails to see them until it's too late. That is when one of two things will generally happen: Either the cycle and the car will unavoidably collide, or the cyclist will find himself forced perform an evasive maneuver that will often result in a single-vehicle accident of its own. Many of these accidents stem from negligence on the part of the car or truck driver. The cyclist involved may be entirely blameless.
How You Can Protect Yourself
As a cyclist, you are already aware of your vulnerable position on the nation's streets and highways. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to protect yourself from collision. Chief among them are taking pains to:
- Obey the rules of the road.
- Honor traffic and weather conditions.
- Maintain your bike's mechanical integrity.
- Take a course in motorcycle handling.
- Assume that other motorists may not be aware of your presence.
- Wear protective gear at all times.
Perhaps no piece of equipment will do more to save your life than a helmet. Unfortunately, many moped drivers in Nevada feel no need to wear one, and this puts them at far greater risk of serious injury.
Getting the Injury Compensation You Deserve
Given the compelling nature of motorcycle accident statistics, one would think that compensation for injuries suffered in such mishaps would be easy to obtain. Unfortunately, in an attempt to lower the payout, some insurance companies will try to shift the blame onto the cyclist. To back up their stance, they point to excessive speed, irresponsible lane changes and other unsafe practices in which some cyclists tend to engage, ignoring whether any of these did or did not play a role in your own specific accident. This makes the assistance of a qualified motorcycle accident attorney an essential component of waging a successful fight for your personal injury rights.
How the personal injury attorneys at Weiner Law Group Can Help
The injury lawyers at Weiner Law understand the ins and outs of dealing with the insurance companies in motorcycle accident cases, and we will fight to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Never settle for second-rate treatment. Contact Weiner Law today at 702-202-0500 or fill out our contact form and let us demonstrate the many ways in which we can help you win your motorcycle accident personal injury case.