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Are Motorcycles Significantly More Dangerous Than Cars?

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on June 20, 2023

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Motorcycle accidents can be significantly more catastrophic than other collisions on the road. Riders have less protection, even when wearing the proper gear, which makes them more vulnerable. Motorcycles are also inherently more dangerous because they are less stable than passenger vehicles, which have four wheels. As such, it is no surprise that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that motorcyclist deaths happen 28 times more than deaths in other vehicles.

The Importance of Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

Whether you are the rider of a motorcycle or driving a passenger vehicle, it is important to drive safely and observe the rules of the road. Given how exposed motorcyclists are, however, drivers of passenger vehicles have a greater obligation to safely share the road with them. Here is what drivers should know about sharing the road with motorcyclists:

  • Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road, which means they are more difficult to see. Drivers should be sure to always check their blind spots, so they can avoid a collision while merging or changing lanes.
  • Distracted driving is always dangerous, and when motorcycles are around, it could be even more detrimental. Try to keep your music at a reasonable volume and keep your eyes on the road. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings is essential in sharing the road with motorcycles.
  • Motorcycles are not as stable as passenger vehicles, so it is vital to be cautious when attempting to pass them. Increasing your speed could create a heavy wind, throwing a rider off balance.
  • All drivers should use their signal while on the road. Being vigilant in using it could also help keep motorcyclists safe since it alerts them to your intentions early on.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

There are potentially many causes of motorcycle accidents, especially when parties are behaving negligently or recklessly. These are some of the most common causes:

  • Cars making a left turn: In these situations, the vehicle turning left could collide with the motorcyclist when they are driving straight through the intersection. Left-hand turn accidents are a risk to all drivers on the road, but even more so to motorcyclists due to their smaller size.
  • Inebriated drivers: Drunk driving is a major cause of accidents. It slows down reaction times, affects judgment, and reduces perception. When motorists drive drunk, it could make it even more challenging for them to be aware of their surroundings and watch out for motorcyclists on the road.
  • Hazards on the road: Not all roads are safe or properly maintained. Potholes, wet pavement, and even debris could all result in a terrible motorcycle accident.

Injuries You Could Sustain in a Motorcycle Accident

Wearing the proper safety gear when riding a motorcycle is important. Even when the proper safety precautions are taken, riders could sustain severe life-altering injuries. These are some of the most common ones:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe or disfiguring burns
  • Broken bones
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Injuries to the lower extremities

Many of these injuries could result in permanent damage from which survivors can never fully recover. In some cases, survivors are unable to return to work and may require assistive devices to perform daily tasks.

Reach Out to an Experienced Phoenix Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation

If you sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, do not hesitate to contact The Husband & Wife Law Team for the experienced legal representation and advice you need. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers are committed to fighting for the wrongfully injured. Call us today at (602) 457-6222 for a consultation.

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