Facts about Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are always unfortunate for everyone involved. The more you know about what causes motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them the better. If you do find yourself to be the victim of a motorcycle accident you can trust the personal injury attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo to help you with your case and get you the money you deserve. Below are some facts about motorcycle accidents we want you to be aware of.
· Only about ¼ of motorcycle accidents are single vehicle accidents involving the motorcycle colliding with the roadway or some fixed object in the environment.
· In multiple vehicle accidents, 2/3 of the accidents are caused by the other vehicle violating the motorcycle's right-of-way.
· The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
· Visibility and conspicuousness of the motorcycle is a critical factor in the multiple vehicle accidents, and accident involvement is significantly reduced by the use of motorcycle headlamps (on in daylight) and the wearing of high visibility yellow, orange or bright red jackets.
· Motorcycle riders between the ages of 16 and 24 are significantly overrepresented in accidents; motorcycle riders between the ages of 30 and 50 are significantly underrepresented. Although the majority of the accident-involved motorcycle drivers are male (96%), female motorcycle passengers are significantly overrepresented in the accident data.
· The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.
· The likelihood of injury is extremely high in motorcycle accidents: 98% of multiple vehicle collisions and 96% of the single vehicle accidents resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider; 45% resulted in more than a minor injury.
· The use of heavy boots, jacket, gloves, etc., is effective in preventing or reducing abrasions and lacerations, which are frequent but rarely severe injuries.
· The most deadly injuries to the accident victims were injuries to the chest and head.
· The use of the safety helmet is the single most critical factor in the prevention of reduction of head injury.
For more information regarding personal injury claims make sure you talk to one of our experienced personal injury attorneys at Robinson, Seiler & Anderson in Provo. We can give you the answers you need.