A motorcycle crash can be devastating for victims. Aside from the debilitating physical injuries, such as spinal cord and brain injury, that can result from a motorcycle accident, injury victims will also rack up expensive medical bills and may have to take time off work while they are recovering. Sadly, most motorcycle accidents could have been prevented if motorcyclists and the operators of other vehicles on the road knew some important motorcycle accident facts. Below are a few facts that can help to keep motorcyclists and their passengers safe on the road.
Motorcycles Have Low Visibility
In 38 percent of the crashes that involved a motorcycle and another type of vehicle, the other vehicle involved was turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing, or attempting to overtake another vehicle. This is due in part to the low visibility of motorcycles compared with other vehicles on the road. Drivers need to stay vigilant and pay close attention to low-profile motorcycles so they can prevent these types of accidents and share the road safely.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, nearly 35 percent of all motorcycle operators involved in deadly crashes were speeding at the time of the crash. When compared to 22 percent for drivers of passenger cars, 19 percent for drivers of light trucks, and 8 percent for operators of semi trucks, it becomes clear that speeding and motorcycles go hand in hand. To make sure you and your passengers stay safe, it is essential to obey posted speed limits at all times.
Helmets Save Lives
According to NHTSA estimates, over 1,600 motorcyclists’ lives were saved in 2011 because they were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. It is also estimated that an additional 703 lives could have been saved if all motorcyclists involved in accidents had been wearing helmets. Obviously, wearing a helmet can save your life. This is one of the most important facts about motorcycle accidents that can help to ensure your safety in the event of a crash.
There were 4,612 motorcyclists killed in traffic crashes in 2011 and 81,000 more were injured. Heeding these three motorcycle accident facts can help to prevent motorcycle crashes and serious injuries when a crash is unavoidable. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and need additional motorcycle accident information, contact the experienced Corpus Christi injury attorneys at the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm at (361) 888-8808 today for aFREE consultation regarding your case.