Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
According to United States Department of Transportation more than 5.3 million motorcycles were registered in the United States in 2004. There were more than 56,900 motorcycles registered specifically in South Carolina.
With thousands of motorcycles registered in South Carolina, drivers should always watch for motorcycles as colliding with them can happen in an instant. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety there were more than 9,800 motorcycle crashes in the state in 2009. More than 90 of the motorcycle collisions were fatal crashes and while thousands more led to personal injuries.
As motorcycle riding has gained popularity, the risks of these vehicles has become further noted. Universal helmet laws requiring all riders to wear helmets have increased and protective motorcycle gear has become more widely used.
Unfortunately even with protective gear motorcycle riders are at risk of being injured during a motorcycle accident. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle collision caused by a careless driver, the victim may be entitled to compensation for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
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Causes of Motorcycle Collisions
Data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety indicates that approximately 53 percent of collisions were caused by the motorcyclist. The majority of collisions occurred on Saturdays between the hours of 3p.m and 6p.m. Furthermore, many collisions occurred when the weather was dark and clear/cloudy.
Some other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Inexperienced Driver
- Bad Roads
- Adverse Weather Conditions
- Defective Vehicle Parts
- Driving Under the Influence
- Failure to Yield
- Reckless Driving (including illegal street racing)
- Disobeying Traffic Signs and Signals
- Driving in Truck No Zones
Errors on the part of a motorcyclist and car/truck driver can lead to collisions, including if either driver is inexperienced. Riders may wish to enroll in a motorcycle riding course prior to obtaining their license and ride during hours when the roads are not too busy until they feel comfortable riding their bike.
Most states dedicate certain months or weeks of the year to increase awareness of watching for motorcycles riders. Look twice for motorcycles is a popular campaign which suggests that drivers look twice for oncoming motorcycles.
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
According to the Center for Disease Control, motorcycle accident injuries and deaths totaled $12 billion in one year for productivity losses and medical costs.
Some common motorcycle accident injuries include:
- Broken Bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Riders Hand
- Loss of Limb
- Riders Arm
- Cuts & Lacerations
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck Trauma
...just to name a few. Riders arm and hand are specific to motorcyclists who often extend their arm during a collision to lessen their impact on the road surface.
Contact our Motorcycle Collision Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision caused by a careless driver and the victim is seeking legal counsel, our attorneys are here to help. You need tough, smart attorneys working for you with extensive experience negotiating and litigating.
The attorneys at Harbin & Burnett are committed to helping you get every dollar you deserve in the minimum time possible and are well versed in motorcycle accident claims. We can help guide you through the entire litigation process and can come to you in your time of need.
Our office is located in Anderson, South Carolina and we proudly serve the following areas:
- Travelers Rest
and many more surrounding areas. Contact us today at 1-888-821-0247 for a no-cost, no-obligation initial case review by one of our knowledgeable attorneys. After a few preliminary questions one of our steadfast intake staff members will connect you with one of our lawyers best suited in handling your claim.
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