According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people died, and 88,000 people were injured in motorcycle accidents in the United States. The fatality rate for motorcycle accidents in 2015 was the highest rate since 2012, increasing by 8.7 percent from 2014 to 2015.
States the don’t have a universal motorcycle helmet had a much higher percentage of motorcycle deaths compared to states that have passed universal helmet laws. The Insurance Information Institute reports that motorcyclists were 27 times more like to die in accidents during 2014 than occupants of cars.
The Difference in Size and Weight
The occupants of passenger vehicles are much more likely to die or to be injured in a large truck accident than the driver of the truck, about 70 percent more likely. This large discrepancy in truck accidents is due primarily to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. A car can’t withstand the impact of a collision with a large truck as well as the large truck. The size and weight of the large truck cause the car to be crushed in an accident.
The same is true in motorcycle accidents. A motorcycle weighs much less and is far smaller than a truck or car. When the motorcycle is involved in a collision with a car or truck, the difference in size and weight is a negative factor for the motorcyclist. Furthermore, the motorcyclist has nothing to protect him or her from the impact with the other vehicle. The rider is defenseless except for a helmet and possibly protecting clothing designed for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, helmets and clothing don’t offer the same protection as airbags, seatbelts, and a surrounding metal structure.
Motorcyclists are more susceptible to poor road conditions than occupants of cars and trucks. A motorcycle only has two tires that grip the road. When road conditions are poor, two tires are not as good as four or more tires. Being on two tries can place the rider in more danger than the occupants of a car in some circumstances. This can be a distinct disadvantage for riders, and it can put them at a higher risk of injury and death in a motorcycle accident.
Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Claim
The damages in a motorcycle accident claim can be substantial. In some cases, the damages can reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the severity of the injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to receive compensation for damages including:
- Past, present, and future medical expense, including expenses for on-going personal care
- Past, present, and future lost wages, including a loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Emotional stress, physical pain, and mental anguish
- Funeral expenses, in the event of a wrongful death
- Travel expenses and other out-of-pocket costs related to your injuries and recovery
- Past and ongoing physical therapy
It is important to understand that the types and amounts of damages you may be entitled to receive depends on several factors. Our Lexington motorcycle accident attorney can discuss the details of your claim during your free consultation.
Call a Lexington Motorcycle Accident Attorney for More Information
You can reach the Shelton Law Group by telephone at 1-888-761-7204 or by using the contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our Lexington motorcycle accident attorneys. Get the information you need from an experienced Lexington motorcycle accident attorney before you talk to the insurance company for the other driver.