Negligence: The Major Cause of Motorcycle Accidents

May 24, 2016 by

Motorcycles are excellent means of transportation, but as it continues to become famous to so many more individuals, it cannot be denied that the number of those whose lives are placed in danger also increases.

Due to the lack in body protection, the possibility of sustaining serious injuries is very high among motorcycle riders. Compared to a car or any other motor vehicle which is built with a frame that would shield a driver from the force of impact in the event of collision, or which is equipped with modern safety devices, such as seat belts and airbags, the only source of protection for a motorcycle rider are his or her padded pants and jacket, and helmet which should comply with the standard of safety set by the U.S. Department of Transportation for more guaranteed protection.

In 2012, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 112,000 motorcycle accidents; 93,000 of these accidents resulted to serious injuries, while 4,957 were fatal. The leading cause of fatal motorcycle accident is head-on collision and the faster the speed of the other motor vehicle and/or the motorcycle, the higher the possibility of a fatal accident; failure to wear the DOT-recommended head gear, on the other hand, is the leading contributory factor to rider death. Many non-fatal accidents, meanwhile, result to amputated limb/s, head or neck injury, brain injury, or spinal cord injury, some of which lead to permanent disability.

The one sad reality about motorcycle accidents is the fact that majority of these are actually due to the negligence or carelessness of others. According to the website of Ali Mokarram, physical and emotional pains, as well as financial problems due to the cost of medical treatment and lost wages are among the devastating effects suffered by an innocent motorcycle riders who are injured in accidents.

Acts of negligence or carelessness, as explained by the law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, can be committed through so many ways. Some of these include: motorcycle defects, which is the fault of the manufacturer; road defects, which may be blamed on the contractors or the local government; drunk driving; reckless driving; distracted driving; overspeeding; aggressive driving; or, driving too fast despite poor road condition.

Negligent acts can be dispelled through simple diligence, making these totally preventable acts. Due to this, motorcycle riders are allowed under the tort law to pursue legal actions against the liable party to seek compensation for whatever present and future damages their injuries may result to.

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