Motorcycle accident rates are increasing on rural roads.
Motorcycle accidents are on the rise as roads become overcrowded, and drivers are being distracted by more gadgets than ever before. These accidents can result in permanent physical disability and create financial adversity for victims and their families. If you, or someone you know, has suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident, contact our office immediately.
Motorcyclists are injured in riding accidents four times more often than other drivers, and they are 21 times more likely to be killed in a crash. Although less than two percent of vehicles in the United States are motorcycles, bikers make up eight percent of all deaths on the roadway. According to a Motorcycle Safety Foundation report, in 2001, motorcycle collisions rose .57 percent to 76,337, and motorcycle deaths jumped 3.89 percent to 2,909. A common cause of motorcycle accidents is the failure of other drivers to see and identify motorcycles in dense traffic. In 2/3 of those crashes, the other driver fails to yield to the motorcyclist and causes the accident. This type of accident often occurs when the motorcycle is approaching from the opposite direction, and the driver of the car either does not see or misjudges the distance of the motorcycle down the road. The driver of the car assumes it is safe to make a left turn and ends up colliding with the oncoming motorcycle.
Causes of motorcycle accidents
- Inexperienced riding skills
- Failure to take preventative measures unique to riding
- Extreme speed
- Pushing the motorcycle to dangerous limits
- Aggressive maneuvering
- Lack of defensive driving
- Insufficient cornering and braking skills
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact this office immediately at (404) 761-1212 or (770) 964-2847 to consult a motorcycle accident attorney. We can offer guidance with any insurance claims you need to file and negotiate with the insurance company of the driver at fault. If you are unsure who was responsible for the crash, let us know; we may still may be of some assistance.