According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 96,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in 2008. Motorcyclists who are involved in accidents account for three times more injuries than drivers or riders in passenger cars, and are 18 times more likely to be killed in an accident.
One reason for the large number of wrecks is that motorcycles are hard to see. They are smaller and harder to spot when stopped at an intersection. The can also be hidden behind a van or large truck and seem to appear from nowhere when they change lanes. During rain storms they are even harder to see. A car or truck driver who hits a motorcyclist may be responsible even if he did not see the cyclist.
Bad roads, like potholes, oil slicks, or ruts that can be minor problems for car drivers can be deadly for cyclists. Slides can send the cyclist spinning into oncoming traffic or nearby trees and buildings. In 2007 speeding was the causes of over one third of crashes where someone was killed. At high speeds, it is easier for a cyclist to lose control of his machine and bad roads with loose stones can be even worse.
Road hazards such as fresh loose stone, curves, and construction are supposed to be marked by the highway department. If hazards are not clearly marked, or not marked at all, the highway department may be considered to be at fault for the accident.
Other wrecks can be caused by the driver of the motorcycle who is not experienced. Some guys think if you can drive one chopper you can drive them all. But faster machines need faster reflexes to keep one on the road.
Another cause of motorcycle wrecks can be alcohol or other drugs. The driver of the chopper or the driver of a car or truck who hits a cyclist can be held responsible for the wreck.
If the person who caused the wreck was working for someone, when the wreck happened, the company could be held liable. This might happen if a delivery driver ran into a motorcycle.
If you or someone you know was in a motorcycle accident, contact Edwards & Kautz. We’ll listen to your case and help get you the settlement you need to pay your bills or to take care of your family if you die in a motorcycle crash.