Motor vehicle accidents of all kinds are dangerous. It should come as no surprise, though, that no other vehicle is more dangerous to operate than a motorcycle. This is in large part because motorcycles can drive at speeds as fast as automobiles, and, by their design, they offer virtually no protection to the rider. Another major problem is that other traffic simply doesn’t seem to know how to drive among riders. Some drivers even say as an excuse, “I didn’t see the motorcycle.” A motorcycle accident injury can be devastating. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you should work with a Vancouver WA motorcycle accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As mentioned, some drivers simply do not seem to see the motorcyclist. Studies have been conducted to account for this phenomenon and have concluded that somehow other motorists are only looking for vehicles similar to, or as large as their own. Your Vancouver WA motorcycle accident lawyer will discuss in detail with you what happened in your accident, but the following are common causes of motorcycle accidents:
• Vehicle defects;
• Collision with another object; or
• Collision with another vehicle.
Collisions with vehicles, indeed, account for about three fourths of all motorcycle accidents. It is also not uncommon for motorcyclists to lose balance and fall while riding. This can be attributed to numerous factors, but potholes or debris in the roadway are often the culprits.
Preventing Motorcycle Accidents
An alarming finding in recent research is that only a little over half of all motorcyclists who are injured in accidents carry private health insurance coverage; the cost of treatment is then borne by the government. Given that injuries in such accidents are frequently serious, the cost of treatment is substantial.
As your Vancouver WA motorcycle accident lawyer will tell you, riders who are hurt in crashes are often unable to return to work for a long time or may never be able to. The loss of ability to earn a living can be viewed as even more costly than medical treatment both in actual cost and emotional loss.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed a motorcycle safety plan in 2003 that has since been updated. The hope was to reduce the number of accidents and injuries among riders. The following are some of their recommendations to state and local governments:
• Make sure motorcycle riders are properly trained and licensed;
• Promote the use of helmets through education and legislation;
• Educate other motorists to look for motorcyclists; and
• Help get riders off the road who are under the influence.
The use of helmets is of particular importance. Research shows that riders who wear them have a 37% less chance of being fatally injured in an accident.
Work with a Vancouver WA Motorcycle Accident Lawyer If You Have Been Hurt
A motorcycle injury can leave a person with devastating and lasting injuries. If you have been hurt because of another person’s negligence, hire a Vancouver WA motorcycle accident lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Loren Scott Etengoff at (360) 693-2919.