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Motorcycle Accidents

By Alpert Schreyer on April 5, 2019

Motorcycle AccidentsEvery year thousands of people are seriously injured in motorcycle accidents. Careless drivers may not see a motorcycle on the road and an accident can occur. The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be a stressful time both physically and financially.

Motorcycles are More Dangerous

When a motorcyclist is hit by a car or truck, the results can be devastating. There are serious risks to riding a motorcycle because you are not protected the way you would be inside a car or truck. Motorcycles also have few safety features to protect riders who may be involved in an accident. Motorcycles are more dangerous than cars and other vehicles because:

  • Their smaller size makes a motorcycle less visible. It’s more difficult for other motorists to see a motorcycle. This can result in drivers cutting off motorcycles, swerving into them, failing to yield the right of way, and following too closely.
  • Because motorcycles are so much smaller and lighter than other vehicles, even a slight impact can cause devastating damage
  • Motorcycles are not as stable as cars because they are on two wheels
  • Motorcyclists are exposed to direct impact between their bodies and the ground.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Just as in any motor vehicle accident, there are a number of different factors that can cause a motorcycle crash:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Reckless or negligent driving
  • Debris on the roadway— due to their relative instability, motorcycles are more prone to accidents caused by debris
  • Potholes and other road hazards
  • Defective motorcycle parts

Potential Injuries

Because of the lack of outside protection afforded by a motorcycle, serious injuries can result from an accident, including:

  • Road rash—when a rider slides across the pavement and sustains abrasions to the skin
  • Head injuries—although following Maryland’s helmet law will offer you protection and seriously reduce the risk of head injury, helmets don’t prevent every possible head injury
  • Spinal cord injuries—a collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle can lead to compressed nerves and spinal cord damage.
  • Fractures—because motorcycle riders are not protected, even a minor crash can result in bone fractures.
  • Wrongful death—according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists account for 14% of all traffic fatalities. Motorcyclists are more likely to die in a crash than a driver or passenger of a motor vehicle.

Contact Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need a personal injury attorney to evaluate your case. Contact the lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC online or call us at 844-632-7274 for a free consultation.

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