Motorcycle accidents result in some of the deadliest injuries on the road. Since motorcyclists don’t have the same protection as passenger drivers, they can suffer catastrophic injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,115 people died, and 79,000 were injured in motorcycle crashes in 2019.
Why Are Motorcycle Accidents So Deadly?
Motorcycle accidents can be so deadly because riders are more likely to suffer severe harm when they are involved in collisions. Motorcyclists lack protection compared to other motorists on the road. Passenger drivers and truck drivers have seatbelts, airbags, and large metal frames protecting them, whereas motorcycle riders only have gear and helmets.
Below are some of the most common types of injuries motorcyclists suffer after being involved in an accident:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Broken ribs and bones
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Unfortunately, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is driver negligence. Reckless driving, speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving are common causes of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are difficult to see on the road, making it common for distracted drivers to miss motorcyclists. Another common reason is unsafe lane maneuvers. A collision can occur when drivers fail to signal before changing lanes or don’t check their blind spot for nearby motorcycles.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligent behavior, you have the right to seek compensation. Our team at Reno & Zahm LLP can analyze your case and can help you get the compensation you deserve. We can help you secure past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Let our team guide you through the process from start to finish.
Contact our Rockford personal injury attorneys today at (800) 639-1488 to schedule a consultation!