Motorcycle accidents pose the highest risk of injury and/or death of all vehicular accidents. In accordance with data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 1998, motorcycle riders are 19 times more likely to die as a result of a vehicular accident than automobile drivers, and approximately three times more likely to be injured.
Even the safest motorcycle riders are at risk of being involved in an accident. While motorcyclists may be able to account for their own behavior on the road, they cannot account for the behavior of other motorists. The roads today are busier than ever, increasing the threat to motorcycle riders who can be more difficult to spot than other motorists. Similarly, it is impossible for the safest of motorcyclists to account for the negligent road behavior of other drivers. Negligent driving habits can include speeding, driving while intoxicated, erratic behavior, etc; all of which add to the significant risk motorcyclists face while on the road. If a motorcycle rider is involved in an accident, it can often result in serious personal injury.
Motorcycle accidents are not always caused by the negligent behavior of motorists. Oftentimes, motorcycle accidents are the result of product defects that affect the handling and/or control of the vehicle. Under federal law, manufacturers must remedy any/all safety issues affecting their motorcycles at no cost to consumers. If widespread defects are determined to affect a large number of motorcycles, manufacturers are required to notify consumers vis-á-vis recall so as to avoid any serious personal injury resulting from accidents.
Motorcycle manufacturers are liable for any accidents caused by defective products. The NHTSA holds motorcycle manufacturers to a high standard when it comes to ensuring the safety of their product, considering the increased risk of injury that motorcyclists face on the road.
Motorcycle accidents often result in serious personal injury because of a lack of rider protection. Whereas car and truck drivers are protected by such standard safety devices as seat belts and air bags, motorcycle riders are left totally vulnerable save for a helmet that many riders choose to forego. Statistics have demonstrated that motorcycle helmets effectively prevent occurrence of fatal personal injuries in approximately 29% of all motorcycle accidents. A similar statistic demonstrates that helmets prevent serious brain injuries in approximately 67% of all motorcycle accidents. Helmet laws are designed to protect motorcycle riders from themselves, though many riders still choose to defy the law and risk serious personal injury.
Motorcycle accident injuries can range from minor to severe dependent on the speed at which the rider is traveling and whether or not additional vehicles are involved. Statistics have demonstrated that approximately half of all motorcycle accident fatalities involve a second vehicle. Motorcycle accident injuries can include brain injuries, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, skin abrasions, etc. Studies show that motorcycle accident injuries typically involve the head, arms and legs.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by the negligent behavior of another or a vehicle defect of some kind, contact the law offices of Justice Lawyers at 877 810 4808 to get information about your eligibility for personal injury compensation. Justice Lawyers boast some of the most experienced personal injury attorneys Pensacola, Florida has to offer.
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