Riding a motorcycle is a means of transportation as well as an enjoyable form of recreation. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accident fatalities occurred 28 times more than in other motor vehicles in 2016. Motorcycle riders share the road with significantly larger and heavier vehicles, from passenger cars to trucks, heavy equipment, and tractor trailers. Motorcycle riders should practice safe driving skills and be prepared for the risks that are on roadways across the country. When serious accidents do occur, a rider should be aware of what to do and how to ensure their rights are protected in any legal case that follows.
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can take many forms but there are certain accident types that are more common and warrant additional care. The most hazardous traffic situation for a motorcycle rider occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. Statistics show that these accidents make up more than 40 percent of all motorcycle accidents. Typically, the accidents occur when the car is traveling left, and the motorcyclist is going straight or passing a car. In most cases, the vehicle that strikes the other vehicle during the left-hand turn will be found liable. There are certain exceptions, such as if the motorcyclist was speeding, or otherwise driving in an unsafe manner. While riding a motorcycle, it is critical to be mindful when in situations involving other vehicles turning left across traffic.
Head-on collisions between a motorcycle and another vehicle comprise 56 percent of motorcycle accident fatalities. In these accidents, the car hits the motorcycle directly in front; although rear-end collisions occur in a small number of cases. Head injuries, fractures, spinal injuries, abrasions, and being struck by other vehicles are all injuries one can suffer when involved in these types of accidents. These injuries can have lifelong effects that require significant medical treatment and rehabilitation and can result in the inability to work or return to typical physical activity.
After a Motorcycle Accident
Motorcycle riders can adhere to the best safety standards and follow all traffic laws, but catastrophic collisions can still occur through no fault of their own. After an accident, it is best to document the accident through photographs, witness statements, and physical evidence as soon as possible and seek medical care. Seeking the counsel of a personal injury lawyer can also make a difference in securing the care and financial compensation victims need most.
South Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Provide the Representation Victims Deserve
If you or a family member has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the skilled South Jersey personal injury lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm. We will advocate for your interests and tirelessly represent your rights. Located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Atlantic City. Contact us online or call us at 609-926-3300 for a free consultation today.