Motorcycles can be fun and exciting to ride, but they can also be very dangerous. The lack of protective barrier on motorcycles requires drivers and passengers to bring their own protection and knowledge to the road.
Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and can result in serious, life-threatening injuries or even death. With the proper knowledge and safety gear, cyclists are better protected and more aware while on the road.
Jenkins Utley Personal Injury Lawyers understand that being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a scary, confusing time and we are here to help. Our professional, experienced attorneys will be there to assist you every step of the way.
Every motorcycle driver and passenger should be equipped with the proper safety gear before heading out on the road. Some important gear to wear includes a helmet, thick clothing, gloves, and ear plugs. Although safety gear will not prevent an accident from happening, it can help to lessen the injuries sustained.
How Motorcycle Accidents Occur
Motorcycle accidents can occur at any moment on the road, but here are a few of the common causes:
Unsafe lane changes – Motorcycles can disappear into blind spots easily, and other drivers are typically glancing for other cars, not motorcycles. Cyclists need to be aware and mindful of the blind spots in the surrounding cars to try to avoid an accident.
Car doors – Drivers and passengers often exit vehicles without looking behind them, and can open their door in front of a motorcycle. This possible danger can be avoided by motorcyclists avoiding riding between a line of parked cars and a stationary line of active traffic.
Speeding & racing – Speeding and racing on motorcycles can result in the loss of control over your bike, making it hard to turn and stop. This can be avoided by paying attention to the speed limit and slowing down around curves and turns.
Driving under the influence – Driving while intoxicated is a main cause of car and motorcycle accidents. The best way to avoid a collision is to not drink and drive and to keep a safe distance from drivers that seem to be under the influence.
Sudden stops – Accidents, animals, pedestrians: there are several reasons why you may need to make a sudden stop which could send you flying over the handlebars. To avoid this, cyclists should master how to use the front break properly.
Left turn accidents – when a car fails to see you or judges your speed incorrectly and turns left in an intersection. Drivers need to be extremely aware when approaching an intersection and extra attention to other vehicles waiting to turn in order to avoid a collision.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles offer very little protection to the drivers and passengers, which can lead to serious injuries when involved in a crash. Some injuries are more serious than others, but the best way to avoid them is to wear the proper protective gear. Common injuries that occur during or after an accident include:
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brain bleeding
- Trauma to head or skull
- Spinal cord injury
- Road rash
- Broken back
- Internal bleeding
- Internal organ damage
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, allow the attorneys at Jenkins Utley P.C. help. Give us a call at (404)919-7297 or request a free case review on our website.