Motorcycle accidents have significantly increased over the last decade with more and more people taking to motorcycle riding. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles represent only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. But, in 2007, motorcyclists accounted for 13 percent of all traffic accident fatalities. The fatality rate for both, motorcycle riders and passengers is 5.5 times higher than that for occupants of passenger cars, for every registered vehicle. Also, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists are about 35 times more likely to die in a crash than most people traveling in passenger vehicles.
Motorcycle accidents can occur as a result of rider error or due to negligence on the part of the other driver. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accident include:
- Driving under the influence
- Auto product defects
- Dangerous roadway conditions
- Distracted drivers
- Street intersection collisions, especially when another driver makes a left turn
- Mechanical problems with the motorcycle
- Reckless driving
Head injuries are the most common cause of death in motorcycle accidents. If you are a motorcycle rider, you would be well-advised to wear a Department of Transportation-approved full-face helmet. It is also important that motorcyclists wear protective clothing to prevent road burn injuries, also known as road rash, which are painful bruises and scrapes. Other injuries in motorcycle accidents include broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and other internal injuries.
A majority of motorcycle accidents result from drivers of other vehicles who do not consciously watch out for motorcyclists, especially at intersections. That's why we see that a number of motorcycle accidents occur when motorists are making left turns or U-turns.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as a result of someone else's negligence, you could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization and other related damages. If your loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, you could file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party seeking compensation for the tremendous loss. Please contact one of our skilled Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys today to discuss your case.