April 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Driver negligence causes a number of motorcycle accidents---
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When the weather is mild and the roads are fair, motorcycle riders are inevitably on the roads. However, every time a motorcycle rider gets on a motorcycle, he or she runs the high risk of getting into a traffic accident, such as a collision with a passenger car.
That risk became a reality for a Kingsville, Missouri, man this past January when he decided to take advantage of the 70-degree weather by going for a motorcycle ride. As the man was driving his bike in the rural area near his house, a dump truck did not see him and turned right in front of him. Not having any time to change lanes or stop, the man collided with the truck. He thankfully survived but had numerous injuries such as a broken left ankle, a fractured back and an amputated right foot.
Motorcycle accident statistics
The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported these frightening motorcycle statistics:
-People driving a motorcycle are 35 times more likely to get into a deadly accident than those in passenger cars.
-In 2005, the motorcycle fatality rate was 73 per 100,000 registered motorcycles, whereas the passenger vehicle fatality rate in the same year was 14 per 100,000 registrations.
-Of all vehicle accidents that occur in United States, 11 percent involve motorcycles, but only 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States are motorcycles.
Another interesting report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Highway Loss Data Institute stated that over half of all motorcyclist deaths involved one or more other vehicles. That report also stated that 42 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes that included another vehicle involved the vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight.
Possible reasons for the disproportionate motorcycle accident numbers
One reason for the high number of motorcycle accidents is road hazards such as potholes, patches of oil, water puddles, debris on the roadway or uneven pavement. These hazards may seem minor to passenger vehicle drivers, but to a motorcyclist, they can cause a lot of damage.
Another factor that contributes to the high rate of motorcycle accidents is the fact that people on motorcycles are not always easy for other motorists to spot, simply because motorcycles are smaller visual targets than other passenger vehicles. The visibility of motorcycles is even more hindered when road conditions and weather conditions are not favorable. However, lack of visibility can sometimes also be attributed to other motor vehicle drivers simply not paying attention.
Motorcycle accident claims
Like people in a passenger vehicle accident, people in a motorcycle accident can seek justice through a negligence claim. When accusing a wrongdoer of negligence, one is essentially accusing that person of acting in a careless way, which resulted in harm to another person, and because that person caused the harm, he or she is legally liable for that harm done.
To succeed in a personal injury lawsuit, the injured person must show that the accused is at fault by proving the following:
-The alleged wrongdoer owed a legal duty of care to the person injured.
-The alleged wrongdoer failed to fulfill that legal duty.
-The failure to fulfill that legal duty caused the harm to the injured person.
Proving negligence can be a difficult task, but it is necessary in order to receive fair and full compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering from a motorcycle accident. Someone who has been in a motorcycle accident should seek legal representation from a skilled motorcycle accident injury lawyer.
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