ORLANDO, FL, March 09, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Motorcycling has become very popular in recent years. In 2006, motorcycle sales rose to a level not seen in about 30 years. As a result, car accidents involving motorcycles
are also on the rise. While accidents involving motorcycles are not more common than two-vehicle accidents, they are much more likely to result in serious injury or death. This is because motorcyclists are not as protected as passengers in cars, and are sometimes not wearing helmets, which cause things like broken bones, contusions, traumatic brain injuries, and more.
Causes of Car Accidents Involving Motorcycles
Car accidents involving motorcycles often result from the vehicle driver not seeing a motorcycle. The most dangerous and frequent scenario for an accident between a car and a motorcycle is a left-hand turn. Usually, a motorcyclist is struck while going straight through the intersection or trying to overtake the vehicle.
Motorcycle lane splitting during slow or stopped traffic is another common cause of accidents with cars. In this case, vehicle drivers often do not expect motorcycle drivers to be passing them and there is less space to maneuver.
Speeding and drug or alcohol use by either party is also a frequent cause of accidents between cars and motorcycles.
Car vs. Motorcycle Accidents have Serious Consequences
Motorcycles can travel at high rates of speed but offer only minimal levels of protection to their riders. As a result, any accident involving a motorcycle is likely to result in serious injuries. According to the Network of Employees for Traffic Safety
, approximately 80% of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20% of passenger car crashes injure or kill the vehicle occupants. The results of an accident between a car and a motorcycle can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially.
If you have been involved in a car vs. motorcycle accident in Florida and are looking for an experienced attorney to advise you of your rights and how to obtain financial compensation, please visit the website of The Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D.
today at www.themdjd.com
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