Motorcycle Accidents: 4 Frequently Asked Questions

Motorcycle accidents happen every day, especially with motorcycle riding continuing to become more popular year after year. About 9 million motorcycles are on the road today. The unfortunate reality of the activity, however, is that accidents often cause severe and life-threatening injuries for riders. Motorcycles fully expose you, putting you at the mercy of the drivers with whom you share the road.

How Likely Are Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents?

Because there are no seat belts, metal frames, or air bags to protect riders and their passengers, they have a higher chance of getting into accidents and being injured. As a result, the majority of motorcycle collisions end in serious or fatal injuries. Common injuries include:

  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Knee or leg injuries
  • Shoulder and neck injuries
  • Serious brain injuries
  • Amputation
  • Paralysis
  • Cuts and road rash

These injuries frequently need lots of medical treatment and rehabilitation, and can lead to permanent disability in certain cases. Accidents can also result in a lot of worry, emotional trauma like PTSD, and financial difficulties. All of these factors add up to a very expensive long-term scenario that can affect the entire family.

Does Wearing A Helmet Make A Difference?

California is one of 19 states that requires that riders wear a helmet at all times, and for good cause. Helmets are roughly 37 percent efficient in preventing motorcycle deaths and 67 percent effective at preventing brain injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, when riding a bike, everyone should always wear a helmet.

Some riders have the wrong belief that wearing a helmet will impair their eyesight. Helmets reduce peripheral vision by less than 3% and do not impair hearing, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Therefore, there is no excuse not to put on your helmet before heading out on your next adventure. If you still choose to ride in California without a helmet, you may face a fine of up to $200. Not worth it!

Further, not wearing a helmet affects your motorcycle accident claim. Even if you are not at fault in the accident, you may be held partly liable for your own injuries because your lack of a helmet likely made your injuries worse.

How Often Is Alcohol Related To The Accidents?

Avoiding drinking and driving is the best, and probably most obvious, method to decrease your risks of a motorcycle accident. By avoiding drinking and driving, you can reduce your odds of being involved in a deadly single-vehicle collision by 50%. Of course, other individuals can still drink and drive, so there’s no way to entirely end the risk. However, it is still better to avoid drinking and driving to reduce this chance.

Sober drivers have quicker reactions and can more successfully counter steer or swerve. Driving while drunk can also restrict you from collecting any compensation for your injuries, even without considering the legal issues. If you are injured while drunk, you are more likely to be found responsible, which will reduce the amount of compensation you receive to almost nothing if you are lucky.

Where Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Take Place?

Always keep an eye out for vehicles pulling out of a driveway or side street as you approach an intersection. Keep an eye out for vehicles turning in front of you as well. Intersections are especially dangerous because parked cars, buildings, and overhanging tree branches, all block your vision. Because of these obstacles, you may never see a car approaching you and pull out into the intersection.

In order to avoid motorcycle accidents, you should slow down and double-check that no traffic is approaching to protect yourself. You should also prepare to respond swiftly if needed, since other cars on the road may be driving recklessly nearby.  You may be allowed to collect compensation if a car hits you without any fault of your own. Injured motorcyclists may be allowed to collect compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.