According to our friends at the Law Office of Daniel E. Stuart, P.A., if you have been involved in a motorcyle acccident you should contact a lawyer today and start your journey towards to compensation you deserve.
What are the different reasons why motorcycle accidents occur, and what causes them?
The most common types of accidents involve speeding, drunk driving, avoiding traffic light laws, lane splitting, and stunts. Since motorcycles can accelerate at a faster rate than most other vehicles, it may cause an increase in speeding. The fast a vehicle goes, the more difficult it can be to control. If traffic is moving slowly, a person driving a motorcycle may try to speed up and move around the traffic, causing an accident in the process. Motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles need to be wary of those who speed on the roads as they often result in devastating collisions.
Why do motorcycles pose a threat to drivers?
Due to the fact that motorcycles are generally more difficult to control compared to other vehicles, drivers should never operate their motorcycles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Not only does it impair vision, motor function, and agility, but driving under the influence puts you and everyone else on the road at risk. Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist drives between lanes. Because this is so dangerous, most states have outlawed lane splitting since vehicles may not be able to properly see the motorcycle in between lanes. Stunts such as wheelies are fun for the motorcycle driver as they lift their wheel in the air, but they can be potentially dangerous for the motorcyclists and distracting for other drivers on the road. Since there is a high risk of accidents and distractions, stunts are illegal.
What injuries are most common for victims of motorcycle accidents? Head injuries are one of the most common and severe injuries a motorcyclist may sustain. With the protection of a helmet, a motorcycle driver may reduce the severity of their injury. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident and are experiencing symptoms of headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness, blurred vision, and light sensitivity, you may have a head injury, that could have long-term, dangerous implications, physically and mentally. Road rash is common in the event of a motorcycle accident as the driver is thrown from their bike across the road. Scraping the skin, muscle, and tissue, road rash can be extremely painful, causing a risk of nerve damage and infection. Spinal cord injuries, burns, and broken bones are also common among survivors of motorcycle accidents. As painful and horrific as physical injuries are, many victims of motorcycle accidents sustain emotional injuries as well. Anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression often follow after such a traumatic event takes place. Working with a licensed therapist may help those struggling with their mental, emotional and behavioral health.
If you are seeking legal advice or desire to file a claim contact a motorcycle accident lawyer today.