Motorcyclists Sustain More Serious Injuries
When a car collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is much more likely to sustain serious injuries. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injury to the rider. In some cases, these crashes can cause permanent disability or death. In almost all motorcycle collisions, the biker experienced much worse injuries than the driver or passenger of the larger passenger vehicle due to the lack of protection afforded to motorcycle riders.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Negligence -- on part of either the biker or another driver -- can result in a motorcycle crash. A few ways that a driver or motorcyclists can act negligently include:
- Using a mobile device while operating a motor vehicle;
- Driving or riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
- Disobeying posted traffic signs, such as the speed limit or those designating where to stop, yield, and merge; and
- Driving or riding despite lacking adequate rest.
The ways that a motorcyclist can be negligent or cause a crash are numerous, including weaving in and out of traffic or failing to make themselves visible to other drivers. Drivers often fail to notice motorcyclists on the road, especially during nighttime hours.
What Makes Crashes Worse for Motorcyclists?
Motorcyclists have a greater chance of being injured in an accident than passengers of a car because passenger vehicles have enclosed, protective compartments. It is more than possible to be injured while riding in a car, but the frame of a passenger vehicle is better suited to absorbing at least the partial impact of a crash. Also, car seats are equipped with seatbelts.
When a motorcycle is involved in a crash with another vehicle, there is little protecting the rider from being ejected from their bike. A helmet can help reduce the risk of sustaining a severe head wound if the motorcyclist is thrown to the ground.
The kinds of injuries resulting from a motorcycle collision include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Fractured collar bones and pelvises;
- Burns; and
- Organ and tissue damage.
These types of injuries can result in serious complications, including blood loss, paralysis, permanent disability, and death. When a motorcyclist is killed in a crash caused by the negligence of another driver, his or her loved ones may be able to recover lost compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. These losses can include the victim’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, or the loved one’s own damages associated with the accident.
Albuquerque Motorcycle Crashes
The aftermath of a motorcycle collision can be devastating. The resulting injuries are often much more severe than a typical car crash. Sadly, many people are killed in motorcycle collisions due to the severity of these accidents.
There were an estimated 8.4 million vehicles on American roadways in 2013. Motorcycle collisions are much more likely to result in death, with 80 percent of all motorcycle accidents causing fatalities. Surviving family members may be unsure of what to do next after the loss of a loved one.
At Will Ferguson & Associates, we are here to support you during the tragic loss of a family member. Our team of New Mexico wrongful death lawyers understands that money can never bring a loved one back after a fatal crash. If you are interested in discussing your case, give us a call today at (505) 243-5566.