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Why Motorcycles Accidents Are More Dangerous Than Car Accidents

June 28, 2016

Why Motorcycles Accidents Are More Dangerous Than Car Accidents

Motorcycles are cool, loud, edgy… and risky. While you may look dangerous while cruising the road on your hog, the reality is that it is you who is in danger. Motorcycles are considered the most dangerous motor vehicle on the road, topping passenger cars and tractor-trailers with shocking statistics. Simply put, motorcyclists are at a far higher risk to be involved in, and die from, traffic-related accidents.

Why Are Motorcycles So Dangerous?

Motorcycles are less stable than cars, and also much smaller. Even though they may be able to weave in and out of traffic with ease, saving you time and gifting you with great gas mileage, tough road conditions and loose gravel can cause more harm to a motorcycle than it can to a four-wheeled passenger car.

Also, it’s not always easy to be seen while you’re riding on your motorcycle. So you’re at a higher risk of getting hit by cars that are passing or shifting lanes. And with such high rates of distracted driving these days, it’s more dangerous to rely on other drivers’ focus on the road than ever before. Finally, if a car does hit you, you have less protection than people in other types of vehicles, including the fact that it’s a lot easier to get thrown off of a bike than it is to get thrown out of a car.

In 2014, over 4,500 people died in motorcycle crashes. For every mile driven, traffic-related fatalities on motorcycles are 26 times higher than traffic-related fatalities in cars. Unfortunately, this number continues to rise every year. Motorcycle deaths doubled between 1997 and 2014.

So how do we reverse this trend and get that number moving back towards zero?

Motorcycle Safety Tips for the Summer

Motorcycle Safety Tips for the Summer

Now is a great time to review motorcycle safety, because summer is the most dangerous season to take your bike out on the road. Over 60% of motorcycle deaths take place between May and September, and right now we’re smack in the middle of that.

Seasoned veterans and rookies riders alike alike can benefit from reading these safety tips and polishing off some safe riding habits. Here are just a few things that you can do:

 If You Are Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

Fort Lauderdale Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Safe driving and proper care of your bike are vital to avoiding injuries, but accidents still happen. When those accidents do happen, you may rack up tens of thousands of dollars in damages to your bike and in personal injuries. In many cases, the other cars involved may have caused or played a big part in your accident. You should be able to file a lawsuit against those drivers to cover your damages in the form of medical bills and other expenses.

If you or a loved one is injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to damages and compensation. Contact a Florida personal injury lawyer today.

About the Author:

John K. Lawlor, a South Florida personal injury attorney who focuses his practice on complex personal injury, wrongful death, and professional malpractice, founded the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey in 1996. Since 1995, Mr. Lawlor’s trial advocacy and litigation skills, as well as his wide-ranging legal expertise, have provided plaintiffs and their families with a distinct advantage when seeking financial compensation and justice for injuries caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Lawlor is an EAGLE member of the Florida Bar Association and an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Broward County Justice Association, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and several professional associations.