Car. That's right. If you don't already know; drivers of four-wheeled vehicles are, in most cases, the ones responsible for collisions with motorcyclists. Motorcyclists are constantly evading inattentive drivers, but sometimes there just isn't anything they can do to escape unharmed.
This goes against what many sedan and SUV drivers commonly believe, but the facts tell the story: when cars and motorcycles collide motorcyclists are less likely to be the ones at fault.
How Often Are Motorcyclists At Fault for Collisions?
When it comes to motorcycle use and accident statistics, most experts agree that the “Hurt Report” is the most comprehensive study and analysis ever performed on the subject.
Conducted by USC Professor Harry Hunt and initiated by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, the Hurt Report identified answers to many questions that help shed light on who is usually at fault when these collisions occur.
All of the following information was found within the Hurt Report :
- When motorcycles are involved in crashes with another vehicle(s), the other vehicle(s) is found to have violated the biker's right-of-way and be at fault for the collision in more than 66% of those accidents.
- Incidents in which other vehicles fail to recognize a motorcyclist in traffic were found to be the leading cause of most motorcycle accidents.
- The most common situations resulting in a collision with a motorcycle occur when automobile drivers violate a motorcyclist's right of way by turning left in front of the biker while the biker is trying to go straight.
- Intersections are the most likely place for a motorcycle accident to occur.
- Most motorcycle accidents occur during short trips and close to the trip's origin.
- The majority of motorcycle accidents are suffered by those between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four.
- Although the majority of motorcycle riders are male, the data overrepresented females.
- More than 50% of motorcycle riders involved in collisions had less than 5 months experience riding the accident bike.
How Surprising Is This Data?
Although many automobile drivers are surprised that automobiles are usually at fault for collisions, motorcyclists are not. Those who ride on a regular basis are well-aware that most automobile drivers do not put forth enough effort to help keep motorcyclists safe.
While a cage of steel protects auto drivers, motorcyclists are exposed to the elements, often resulting in brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries when a collision occurs. Fatalities among motorcyclists involved in collisions are very high, and many of these collisions could be avoided by an increased effort by auto drivers to check their surroundings before making turns.
Challenging “The Old Way”
Bikers aren't supposed to sue, right? They should just dust themselves off, hop on their bikes, and act as though nothing has happened. Bikers are tough and don't need to go filing motorcycle injury claims and crying to the courtrooms to get millions of dollars for nothing.
This is a dangerous and outdated way of thinking that leaves motorcyclists with no way to fully recover from their collisions.
When motorcyclists suffer serious injuries as a result of negligent automobile drivers, the motorcyclist has the right to pursue compensation for damage to their bike, damage to themselves, as well as any pain and suffering that occurred as a direct result of the collision.
These collisions can result in injuries that require a lifetime of medical aid that can cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to get the rider to experience the least amount of pain possible and live a normal life.
You can be tough without being dumb, and that is a choice that every victimized motorcycle rider that wants to obtain justice will have to face. There is a limited amount of time for each rider to pursue compensation. Once that time has passed, there is little anyone can do to.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in injuries, chances are, they have a right to pursue compensation against the driver who is responsible. Those in this position should contact a motorcycle accident attorney that they feel comfortable with to evaluate their case and provide a professional opinion.
Those who would like to contact Timothy J. Ryan & Associates to have their case evaluated may do so by calling (800) 838-6644. Attorney Tim Ryan has more than 34 years of experience and has helped victims to obtain more than $1 billion since opening his Huntington Beach law firm in 1981.