Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Motorcycle Accidents
May 30, 2014
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident on the road than individuals in automobiles. The rate of motorcycle deaths more than doubled between 1999 and 2008 with statistics showing that more than 34,000 motorcycle riders were killed between 2001 and 2008. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 20 and 24 experience the highest death and injury rates with 25 to 29-year-olds as the next age group to suffer death and injury due to motorcycle accidents.
A significant amount of motorcycle accidents happen when another vehicle makes a left hand turn into a motorcycle that is going straight or passing the vehicle. Motorcyclists also suffer injury and death due to other drivers’ failure to maintain a proper distance between themselves and the motorcycle. High-risk situations such as blind spots, strong winds, and large vehicles often risk the safety of motorcycle riders and their passengers. Motorists need to share the road with a motorcyclist and observe safety and traffic laws at all times. Motorcycle accidents can be prevented if all drivers practice defensive driving habits.
While some motorcycle accidents are caused by unsafe driving habits, other motorcycle accidents are caused by other factors such as poor weather conditions, inexperienced motorists, and vehicle or roadway defects. Potholes, dead animals, slick pavement, icy roads, and uneven lanes pose risks to motorcycle drivers because a motorcycle has less stability than other motor vehicles.
Motorcycles offer minimal protection to their riders in the event of an accident. Motorcycle drivers can best protect themselves from injuries and death by wearing a helmet and insisting that their passengers wear helmets. Statistics have shown that when nationwide helmet use increases, motorcycle accident fatality rates drastically decrease. Ironically, several states have repealed the universal helmet law which resulted in a drop in helmet use which in turn resulted in increased motorcycle fatalities.
Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. Obtain Compensation for Individuals Injured in Motorcycle Accidents in the Philadelphia Area
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the personal injury attorneys at Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C. in Philadelphia will aggressively seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to recovering the losses that resulted from your motorcycle accident. Call our law offices today to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers about your motorcycle accident claim. We can be reached at 215-569-9100 or you can contact us online.