Motorcycle accidents tend to be more devastating than typical car crashes because of the lack of protection bikes offer to their riders compared to cars. There are also more unique circumstances that can lead to motorcycle accidents, and a variety of liability issues.
The following are some interesting facts and statistics you should be aware of to help you learn more about and prepare for a motorcycle accident claim:
- About 75 percent of all motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicle, while the other quarter are single vehicle accidents.
- Though motorcycles are more susceptible to accidents caused by potholes, pavement ridges and other poor road conditions, these types of accidents only account for about two percent of all motorcycle accidents.
- The leading cause of motorcycle accidents is failure to yield or failure to detect the presence of motorcyclists by other drivers on the road. In these cases, motorists fail to see the motorcyclist until it is too late to avoid a crash.
- The leading site for motorcycle accidents is at an intersection, where other vehicles fail to give the motorcyclist the right of way when appropriate.
- Visibility is a major issue in motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are easily hid in blind spots and are not as visible as other vehicles from farther away. Motorcyclists are encouraged to wear reflective clothing and to have reflectors on their bikes to improve visibility.
- A disproportionate amount of motorcycle accidents involve young riders between the ages of 16 and 24. Approximately 96 percent of all motorcycle drivers involved in accidents are male.
If you need legal assistance after a motorcycle accident, consult a dedicated Bradenton injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.