Motorcycle riding is a hobby for many, but also a means of daily transportation. There are approximately 378,000 licensed motorcycle riders in New Jersey and over 800,000 licensed motorcyclists in Pennsylvania. Motorcycling is not the safest hobby due to numerous motorcycle accidents. There are motorcycles present during weekday rush hours as well as on weekends on PA highways, PA & NJ turnpikes, and Bucks County small town roads. These roadways have all become increasingly congested and, thus, more motorcycle accidents have taken place throughout PA and NJ.
Motorcycle accidents are usually serious. Learn about motorcycle accidents then get an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studies have shown that motorcycle accident victims are 35% more likely to die as a result of a crash than occupants of cars, trucks, or SUVs. More motorcycle fatalities occur on rural roads than on highways. This contributes to the numerous wrongful-death motorcycle accident cases.
It has also been determined that over half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by motor vehicle drivers. The most common reason car vs. motorcycle accidents occur is due to the motorists’ inability to see motorcycles. A blind spot, sun glare, or dense traffic may cause a driver to make a turn into the travel path of an on-coming motorcycle or slide over into a lane occupied by a motorcycle. In both instances the motorcyclist is likely to be thrown from the bike and sustain serious personal injuries.
Because motorcycles lack the safety elements inherent in cars, motorcycle accident victims will generally sustain more severe accident injuries than car accident victims. Injuries such as burns, deep lacerations that result in scarring, broken bones, head trauma, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, or even death are common in a motorcycle accident. This is regardless of whether the accident involves another vehicle or a stationary object. Motorcycle rider negligence is also a common reason accidents take place. Motorcyclists, like drivers of cars, often ride at excessive speeds, ride while intoxicated, engage in reckless behavior on the road, or ride without proper training and/or licensing, and put everyone on the road at risk of being injured in an accident involving a motorcycle.
Motorcycle riders must be proactive when it comes to their safety. It is important to remain visible to drivers at all times and to be prepared for the mistakes drivers are known to make when it comes to sharing the road with motorcycles. Additionally, motorcycle riders should always wear protective gear, including helmet, to lessen the degree of potential motorcycle accident injuries.
Because driver error and carelessness do cause motorcycle accidents that will often render a biker seriously injured, perhaps even permanently, it is important to retain a competent personal injury lawyer dedicated to fighting for fair compensation for you and your family. We at Saile & Saile LLP encourage all motorcycle riders to practice safe riding habits in an effort to minimize your chances of being involved in a motorcycle accident and sustaining serious injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Philadelphia, Bucks County, or Mercer County motorcycle accident, you know how devastating the injuries, loss of work time, and medical expenses can be. We are experienced in dealing with all aspects of accident injuries and will competently handle your PA or NJ motorcycle accident injury claim. Contact us for a free motorcycle accident injury consultation.