Motorcycle riders and their passengers are some of the most vulnerable of road users due to the lack of protection available to them. Cars, pick-ups, and large trucks have many safety features, such as seat restraints and automatic airbag protection, not to mention the metal frame which protects their occupants during an impact. Motorcycle riders are more exposed, relying on protection from helmets, gloves, and clothing designed to reduce road rash. Unfortunately, these protective measures are not enough to fully protect motorcyclists from hazards on the road – potholes, oil slicks, careless road users, and bike defects can all cause harm and injury to even the most careful and experienced motorcyclist.
Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, drivers’ education programs, and both State and national safety campaigns, the number of motorcycle accidents in 2016 was not much lower than in 2007. For motorcyclists who were injured in a crash caused by the actions of another vehicle, the five main causes of these accidents were as below:
Each of these factors can be attributed to other drivers failing to pay proper attention to those around them – with serious consequences for motorcycle drivers and their passengers. Motorcycles are especially vulnerable to inattentive drivers because they are less visible than four-wheeled vehicles, a fact which often has tragic consequences.
The injuries that a motorcycle rider can suffer tend to be serious and life-changing, and are often fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common injuries are:
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents have the potential to permanently affect a rider’s quality of life, ability to work, relationships, and emotional wellbeing. Many of these injuries require lengthy hospital stays and rehabilitation.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys have years of experience in successfully litigating on behalf of motorcyclists injured by reckless and negligent motorists. The damages you may receive can include those in respect of:
At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., each of our legal experts is dedicated to recovering the maximum compensation due to each of our clients. To discuss your case with a Layton motorcycle accident attorney, contact us today at 801-350-3506.