A person who rides a motorcycle faces unique challenges when compared to the driver of a vehicle. Motorcycle drivers are more prone to be fatally injured when in an accident than the driver of a car. An individual may love to ride motorcycles or may have just bought a new motorcycle when suddenly, they get into a fatal accident. Sadly, the majority of motorcycle accidents end with death.
In addition, motorcycle drivers are not respected by their drivers and become a nuisance when on the road. Other drivers may deliberately try to harm the rider of a motorcycle or simply harm them out of negligence. Like any other driver, a motorcyclist can contribute to their own crash if they drive recklessly and do not follow traffic laws. Now, when another person’s actions cause the death of a rider, the family of the deceased victim can seek justice for the negligent or reckless actions of the guilty party.
The Orlando team of motorcycle wrongful death lawyers are prepared to fight until their last breathe for the victim that can no longer speak for themselves and their family members. Every life is as equally as important, even if the rider of a motorcycle may be disturbing other drivers on the road. No person should deliberately or negligently be the cause of a person’s death. Not only should the rider of the motorcycle take safety measures, but the drivers of other vehicles should be very vigilant once they have spotted a motorcycle.
Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?
So, why are motorcycles so dangerous? Well, a person might figure that out just by looking at the motorcycle, but there are always underlying causes as to why riding a motorcycle is so dangerous. No matter how experienced a rider may be, they can still get into a horrific accident. Here are some reasons why motorcycles are so dangerous:
No respect: Motorcyclists hardly receive any respect. They find them annoying, irritating, and might even say that they shouldn’t be sharing the road with other cars. While there are some motorcyclists who like to “show off” and might not go according to the road laws, it does not mean that another driver will have the right to purposely scare the motorcyclist while they are driving or hit them on purpose. This will not only result in a wrongful death claim, but it may even result in a criminal charge, along with punitive damages.
No exterior protection: This is an obvious reason. Anyone can tell the difference between a motorcycle and a vehicle; there is no exterior protection. If a motorcyclist gets into an accident, they can easily fly off of their bike and hit the pavement, resulting in severe injuries. Motorcycles do not provide seatbelts, which is something that can potentially save the life of a driver. In a car, the driver is protected by the car’s structure, seatbelt, and even airbags. Although drivers of vehicles can die too, they are less likely to when compared to a motorcycle rider.
Less visibility/Harder to see: Being in a motorcycle not only limits the visibility of the motorcycle rider, but it also is harder for other drivers to see the motorcycle because of its smaller size, especially if the motorcycle is in the blind spot of the vehicle. An influencing factor in motorcycle accidents is its size.
Road obstructions: Unlike a vehicle, a motorcycle can easily be involved in an accident when it is faced with an object on the road. Even the smallest branch can cause a motorcycle to lose control. A motorcycle does not have the same balance as a vehicle does.
Speeding: The riders of a motorcycle may have gotten the motorcycle to speed. Imagine, speeding in a car is extremely dangerous, now speeding on a motorcycle is far worse. Speeding on any car or motorcycle is dangerous.
Reasons Behind Motorcycle Accidents
The reasons behind a motorcycle accident are quite similar to the reason behind a vehicle accident. Some of those reasons include:
- Reckless driving
- Careless driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while under the influence
- Defective motorcycle
- Defective road/highway
- Lack of signs
- Poor weather conditions
- Intentional harm, and
Statistics Concerning Motorcycle Deaths
The statistics of deaths amongst motorcycle drivers is quite frightening. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) reports the following:
- As of 2015, there are 8.6 million motorcycles
- Almost 5,000 motorcyclists lost their lives in 2015
- About 88,000 motorcycle riders were injured in crashes in 2015
- A driver of a vehicle is 29 times less likely to die from the crash than is a motorcycle rider
- 14% of all fatalities were motorcyclists
These statistics show just how likely a motorcyclist is to suffer a fatal injury following an accident.
Common Motorcycles that End up in A Crash
Here is some data about the type of motorcycle that is being driven and the number of deaths that occur on these specific types of motorcycles for the year 2005:
- There were 2,778,348 registered Cruiser/Standard Motorcycles which led to 1,583 deaths
- There were 401,130 registered Sport/unclad sports motorcycles which led to 403 deaths
- There were 501,002 registered Supersport motorcycles which led to 1,128 deaths
- There were 807,291 registered Touring motorcycles which led to 521 deaths
- There were 893,567 Other/unknown motorcycles which led to 288 deaths
With this information, one can see that supersport motorcycles are not as prevalent as other types of motorcycles, yet they almost account for the same amount of deaths like cruiser/standard motorcycles have.
Seeking Legal Advice After Losing a Loved on In a Motorcycle Accident?
The family of the victim could speak to a legal counsel that understands wrongful death and motorcycle accidents and how they can be compensated for such tragedy. The firm of Percy Martinez Law Firm in Orlando help the family of the victim who is completely lost and does not know what are their legal rights. They help the victims understand what they can do to bring some justice to the deceased. When the family members come to learn that another driver of the entity was the case for their loved one’s crash, they can immediately take action and call one of the firm’s attorneys.