Did you know that for every mile traveled, a motorcyclist is about 28 times more likely to die? Unlike a car, there is no barrier between the rider and the road; nor are there nearly as many technology-driven safety features aimed at keeping motorcyclists safe as there are for those driving in other common vehicles. Here are a few additional reasons why motorcycles can be dangerous.
- They are smaller, and therefore less visible to cars.
- Road hazards can have a more substantial impact on them due to their lighter weight and smaller size.
- Motorcycles do not enclose the rider, so they are usually ejected from their bike when hit by another vehicle.
All of these factors can cause riders to be more susceptible to serious injuries or death in the event of an accident. Here are a few of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes.
- Lane Splitting – One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents results from lane splitting. Lane splitting is when the motorcyclist drives between two lanes. They usually do this because traffic is stopped or moving slowly, and the motorcyclist is trying to cut through the traffic. While this may be an effective approach to get through traffic faster, it is also a way to increase the risk of an accident. Lane splitting puts motorcyclists closer to cars, and many drivers aren’t expecting them to be there. A driver may switch lanes and accidentally hit the rider, causing them serious harm. Currently, lane splitting is illegal in Florida. But regardless of whether or not it is legal in your state, it puts your life at risk.
- Not Obeying Traffic Laws – In 2016, 33% of all riders involved in a fatal crash were speeding. Many other accidents were the result of ignoring other traffic laws or not using best practicesresults on the road. Poor driving can include navigating too close behind other vehicles or misjudging the distance from other drivers. While on the road, riders should be responsible and obey the rules of the road.
- Riding Under the Influence – Alcohol is known to have a negative effect on a person’s judgment, coordination, and balance. Riding under the influence can make it more difficult to operate a motorcycle safely. Alcohol also negatively affects alertness and reaction time. It’s no wonder why 37% of motorcyclists who were killed in a single-vehicle crash in 2016 had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. An additional 7% of riders involved in a fatal accident had alcohol in their bloodstream that measured between 0.01 and 0.07.
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The laws regarding motorcycles are complicated, and they differ from state to state. They also vary in regards to fault, negligence, and several other factors. In Florida, for example, motorcyclists aren’t required to have PIP or no-fault insurance.
If you or a loved one were recently injured in a motorcycle accident in the Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, or Port St. Lucie area, contact the law offices of Fetterman Law at 561-845-2510. Our personal injury lawyers can help you understand your rights, and get you the compensation you deserve.