Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

riding lawn mower
The sound of lawnmowers around the neighborhood, especially during summers, may seem familiar and harmless. But sadly, it is quite dangerous for approaching motorcycles. As lawns get trimmed, grass clippings are often blown and left on roads, which can lead to severe injuries to motorcyclists and even result in death. Most motorcyclists agree that hitting grass clippings in the road is just like hitting black ice. It’s that dangerous because navigating over slick ice is not easy.

Let’s explain it further:

Motorcycle totaled
Motorcycle accidents can be life-changing and sometimes even life-ending. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 80% of the accidents that involve motorcycles result in injury or death for the rider or passenger. The whole incident leaves riders overwhelmed, confused, and scared, and thus, they may make specific errors that affect their claim outcome. In today’s post, our seasoned auto accident lawyer in North Carolina will highlight some of the biggest mistakes that victims sometimes make that might lower their chances of getting compensated fairly.

Mistake#1—Not Getting or Delaying Medical Care

Motorcyclists
The roars of Harley Davidsons and heavy bikes on the roads are the surefire sign that summers are here, and so is the motorcycle season. Motorcycle riders simply enjoy the thrill and excitement that comes with zooming on the roads and feeling the air through the hair. But with all this fun and thrill, the rider and those sharing the road with them must take extra care to avoid crashes that can result in severe injuries and sometimes even deaths.

Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 50% of the accidents related to motorcycles occur because of the negligence of other vehicle drivers such as car drivers, SUV drivers, and truckers? In 2015, about 4956 motorcyclists were killed in road accidents, while 88,000 sustained severe injuries. But let’s look on the bright side, and that is that these numbers can be avoided and minimized if vehicle drivers follow specific tips to safely and cautiously. Read on to learn the tips to sharing the road with motorcycle riders:

Traumatic brain injury
Motorcycles inherently are more dangerous in comparison to cars. They account for only 3 percent of all registered vehicles with nearly 9 million motorcycles on the roads in and across the country. Yet they have a higher number of accidents resulting in fatalities and severe injuries.

The most common causes for motorcycle accidents in the US include left turns, speeding, driving under influence and motorcycle defects. If the rider is not wearing a helmet and experiences an accident, it puts them at a high risk of brain injuries such as TBI.

Exactly what are punitive damages and when do they apply?  Punitive damages are a civil remedy meant to punish a wrongdoer or tortfeasor, who due to their egregious conduct, has caused injury and damage to others.  Punitive damages are also meant to send a message to the community in an effort to deter the defendant, as well as others, from doing the same thing.

While there are many acts and instances in which punitive damages may apply, such as fraud or malice (both of which require an element of intent against the injured party), one of the most common examples we see in a personal injury setting is when the defendant is impaired, either through drugs or alcohol, at the time of a motor vehicle accident.  In those instances, there is usually no specific intent to harm a specific person.  Instead, the risk is general to anyone who has the unfortunate experience to come in contact with the impaired person that results in an accident that causes injury.  When a driver is impaired, for punitive damages purposes it is generally considered willful and wanton conduct.

Severe Motorcycle Accident
The feeling of riding a motorcycle on the highway is like no other! One experiences a range of emotions, from fear to excitement. No matter how fun bike riding may be, it can be dangerous if you don’t take all the necessary precautions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and five times more likely to be injured than

four-wheel drivers. In 2017, motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, while the annual bike injuries increased from 82K to 88K between 2009 and 2016.

If you have ever ridden a motorcycle, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “loud pipes save lives.” If not, you might have heard a motorcyclist say it in defense of their loud exhaust pipes. So, is this statement true?

Well, in fact, this statement does hold truth.

For the most part, motorists drive defensively to avoid accidents with other passenger vehicles and trucks. However, many times, motorcycles aren’t even on their radar. This is one of the leading causes of accidents between cars and motorcycles.

Motorcycles are the most susceptible to severe and even fatal injuries. With this in mind, drivers should always be actively looking for all sorts of vehicles on the road, including motorcycles.

Injuries sustained due to motorcycle accidents can be severe. In fact, motorcycle accidents are 29 times more likely to cause fatal injuries. When a motorcyclist is lucky enough to survive a crash, it doesn’t mean that they’re out of the woods yet. Oftentimes, these accidents land riders in the hospital.

Motorcycle accident victims sustain similar types of injuries due to the way in which they happen, and there are patterns that can be observed in the types and severity of injuries.

Many people ride motorcycles recreationally and as a means of transportation. While they can be enjoyable, they can also be dangerous. Riders do not have the physical protection that vehicles provide and are therefore more susceptible to injuries if they are involved in a collision.

Helmets are one of the ways that motorcyclists avoid sustaining injuries in these instances, but not everyone feels the need to wear them. There are different laws, both federally and at a state level, that determine when a motorcyclist is required to wear a helmet.

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