Motorcycles are extremely beneficial and enjoyable to hundreds of people in Santa Clarita. While they are cost-efficient and convenient, motorcycles can also be dangerous due to their nature, especially if someone on the road is not careful. While accidents of any type can result in injuries, motorcycle accidents tend to involve some of the most catastrophic, if not fatal, injuries on the road. This is due to the weight, size and speed of motorcycles that makes them more susceptible to accidents. Furthermore, the fact that the rider sits on the bike without little to no shield from the dangers of the road means that ejection from the motorcycle is sure to be disastrous.
According to the Centers for Disease Control,
Between 2001 and 2008, more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed and an estimated 1,222,000 persons were treated in a U.S. emergency department (ED) for a non-fatal motorcycle-related injury.
Statistical data also suggests that more people are riding motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation than ever before. Particularly, those between the ages of 20 and 24 are most at risk for being injured or killed while riding a motorcycle. Although helmet use is increasing and eliminating a large amount of accidents per year, many riders are still injured in traffic collisions caused by negligent drivers. Many people are familiar with the high car accident rate, but fewer know about the fact that the accident rate is much higher for motorcyclists.
Around 13 out of every 100,000 vehicles are involved in crashes, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but about 73 out of every 100,000 motorcycles are involved in crashes. If you were injured while riding your motorcycle, contact a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident attorney from our firm as soon as possible for an evaluation of your case.
In order to decrease the amount of motorcycle collisions each year, the NHTSA has launched various campaigns in order to raise awareness about traffic safety. One of the more prevalent campaigns is the "Share the Road" campaign. This campaign was launched because many accidents are caused by motorists failing to see motorcyclists. Since motorcycles are much smaller than the average motor vehicle, they may be able to hide in a driver's blind spots. Motorists are encouraged to look twice and properly signal before they change lanes or turn. Likewise, motorcyclists are encouraged to avoid riding for a prolonged amount of time in or near a driver's blind spot.
In order to decrease the severity of accidents, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all riders wear appropriate helmets during operation. In 2008, the NHTSA estimated that motorcycle helmet use saved 1,829 lives. Many motorcyclists do not wear helmets because they believe that it interferes with their hearing and vision, however, a study released by the Department of Transportation in the mid-1990s determined that "the effects of helmets upon the ability to see and hear are rare, at most, far too small to compromise the safety benefits offered by head protection."
Riders that are injured while on motorcycles may be considered partially liable for their injuries if they were not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to seek financial compensation by way of a claim. Negligent motorists are a common cause of motorcycle collisions, and since the size of passenger vehicles far outmatches the size of the average motorcycle, motorists typically suffer serious injuries that are often permanently debilitating. Call a Santa Clarita motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm today to take legal after your accident!