Motorcycle accident deaths are increasing annually. The reason for the deaths, however, revolves around several factors including the type of accident, presence of motorcycle safety equipment like helmets, speed, and more.
It is therefore important to understand the common causes of motorcycle accidents and who is at fault in each of the scenarios, as well as scenarios or injuries that are more likely to cause the death of the rider.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and Who Is at Fault
Cars turning left
One of the major causes of motorcycle accidents is cars that are turning to their left. Seeing as motorcycles have a smaller frame, the driver may find it harder to see an incoming motorcycle rider while making a left turn thus leading to a motorcycle accident that may be fatal on the rider who has the right-of-way. In such a scenario like this, the vehicle driver is at fault for the crash. The motorcycle rider on the other hand may suffer fatal injuries, including a traumatic brain injury that can lead to death. As stated above, when vehicles turn left into the right of way of a motorcycle driver, the person driving the car is usually at fault for the motorcycle accident.
Bikers taking turns too fast at high speed
Unlike vehicles, motorcycles lack the frame needed to absorb impact during an accident and this sends the shock directly to the rider, an effect that can further complicate the injury sustained. When bikers negotiate turns at high speed, chances are high that they may lose control of the motorcycle and crash. When this occurs, the biker is at fault and may suffer injuries ranging from road rash to facial fractures and disfigurement, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, or death. However, if a biker has right of way and another vehicle impedes the biker during a turn, then the vehicle driver is likely at fault for the motorcycle accident.
Bad weather can play a huge role in the cause of a motorcycle accident. a rider may ram into an oncoming car or a standing structure due to bad visibility. The rider may also lose control of the motorcycle in the presence of snow, ice, or rain. Generally, poor weather conditions require motorcycle riders to proceed with caution. When such an accident occurs, the motorcycle rider may be held liable. It is recommended that in bad weather conditions, motorcycle riders should increase their following distance. When other vehicles on the road are careless during inclement weather and cause a motorcycle accident, the vehicle driver is likely at fault for the motorcycle accident and the biker’s resulting injuries.
Debris on the road
Vehicles have a stable frame that allows them to run over road debris with ease and minimal impact. on the other hand, motorcycles cannot boast of the same level of stability. Running over a bit of gravel may be enough to cause a crash for a motorcycle rider, depending on other factors like the speed. Such an accident may be attributed to the fault of a local jurisdiction or in some cases, the rider may be the at-fault party.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
Head injuries – this may be in the form of a cracked skull, brain injuries, or concussions. These injuries can be fatal and can sometimes lead to death of motorcycle riders.
Broken bones – this may be presented in the form of broken arms, hips, legs, wrists, fists, shoulder, and more. Due to the lack of protection on top of a motorcycle, bikers are often thrown from their bike in a motorcycle accident, which can result in broken bones and other injuries upon landing or crashing into a hard object.
Neck injuries – victims may suffer a broken collarbone or other neck injuries that may result in paralysis or death. Even while wearing a helmet, the torque on a biker’s head and neck, from an impact following a motorcycle accident, can has serious consequences, including a wide variety of neck and back injuries.
Road rash – can range from, mild bruising, cuts or scrapes, to other severe injuries like muscle damage, severe gashes, or nerve damage. It is important that bikers wear protective equipment, i.e. helmet, gloves, safety jacket, and proper footwear, at the least to reduce the risk of road rash from a motorcycle crash.
Contact – Cannon & Associates: Oklahoma Fierce Advocates for Motorcycle Accident Cases
Establishing fault in a motorcycle accident case can be complex as the liable parties may be the local jurisdiction, the rider, the other driver, or a medical professional, especially in the event of the victim’s death.
Cannon & Associates has the experience and expertise to identify all the liable parties and to deliver Fierce Advocacy to protect your rights, interests, and pursue damages to compensate the harm done in your motorcycle accident case.