Fatal Motorcycle Collisions
In the state of Florida, motorcycle fatalities account for 17 percent of all deadly motor vehicle collisions statewide. Motorcycle accidents are far more dangerous to motorcyclists than auto accidents are to drivers and passengers inside of vehicles because motorcycles provide no protection from impact. While cars have advanced safety technologies, like airbags, motorcyclists absorb the full brunt of the force from the crash and are often thrown from their bike onto the road.
Because motorcycle accidents often cause serious or even fatal injuries, determining the cause of each crash is vital. A Miami injury lawyer provides help to those involved in motorcycle accidents in order to determine who was to blame for the collision. If another driver was at fault, a motorcyclist who was seriously hurt or the family of a motorcycle rider killed in a collision can pursue a claim for damages to recover compensation for losses.
Common Causes of Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
Every accident must be investigated to determine the cause of the motorcycle collision, especially as a plaintiff pursuing an injury claim will need to demonstrate to the court that the other motorist was negligent in a way that resulted in the accident occurring.
While each accident is subject to an independent investigation to determine the cause, there are a few key factors that are often found to be the culprit when it comes to causing the motorcycle crash. Some of the most common causes of deadly motorcycle accidents include:
- Drunk driving: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 27 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes were found to be intoxicated in 2013 compared with 23 percent of drivers of passenger cars and 21 percent for drivers of light trucks. If either a motorcyclist or another motorist on the road is drunk, there is a grave risk that a collision will occur.
- Speeding: The same 2013 report from NHTSA indicated that 34 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in fatal collisions were driving too fast compared with just 21 percent of motorists who were in passenger cars. Driving too fast makes it much more likely that the motorcyclist or a speeding driver will lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident leading to serious or fatal injuries.
- Drivers who don’t share the road: Studies have shown drivers frequently misunderstand how fast motorcyclists are traveling in comparison with other vehicles. This can result in collisions occurring if a driver pulls out in front of a motorcycle rider. Drivers also routinely do not see motorcycle riders when they are making turns or changing lanes because motorcycles are so much smaller than passenger cars. This has prompted a campaign called Look Twice, Save a Life to encourage motorists to exercise extra caution.
Whether your motorcycle crash was caused by these common issues or by another unfortunate act by a careless driver, you have legal rights. A Miami injury lawyer can assist you in making a claim against the person who hurt you so you can recover compensation for any missed work-time, any costs incurred, and additional damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress. Call today to talk with an experienced attorney who you can trust.