Looking at the major causes and factors involved in motorcycle accidents helps to understand the ramifications of the injuries incurred to both operator and vehicles. The important thing to remember is that each accident is different, just as each injury is slightly different, even though there are some common threads running through the topic.
For example, only one quarter of motorcycle accidents do not involve a second vehicle--often as the causative factor. The second vehicle involved in most instances is an automobile or trucks. When the motorcycle alone is involved in an accident it is often due to a collision with a fixed object such as a tree, concrete abutment or power pole. Failure of the motorcycle itself is rarely the cause of motorcycle accidents. When such a failure does occur, it is most commonly a flat tire causing a loss of control. The most common cause of single vehicle motorcycle accidents is over cornering or excessive speed in a curve.
Motorcycle/vehicle accidents are usually the result of the other vehicle being unable to see the motorcycle. A sudden lane change, or a situation where the automobile makes a left turn in front of the motorcycle statistically causes most of the two vehicle accidents involving a motorcycle.
Motorcycle riding in California combines breathtaking scenery along the coastline with high levels of commuter traffic. In California, where fuel costs are extremely high, any device to reduce the cost of travel is welcomed, however the cost of injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident goes far beyond the medical expenses to treat the injuries. Because motorcycle accident injuries tend to be more severe than those received in other types of vehicular accidents, medical expenses can be higher and the victim of the accident will often have a longer recover period. There may be additional expenses throughout the rest of the victim's life due to injuries received in the accident.
In addition, fatalities due to injuries received in a motorcycle accident are higher than in other vehicular accidents--about five times as high. It almost goes without saying that insurance companies look for any possible reason to avoid making payments on insurance policy claims, so collecting reparations from the insurance company is one part of the motorcycle accident attorney's assistance to the victim. Another substantial part of the services which an attorney will provide is bringing civil suits against the other vehicle or vehicles in order to collect damages for expenses as well as pain and suffering.
An attorney who enjoys riding motorcycles and who is experienced in the litigation involved in motorcycle accident injury cases is the best choice for those victims of accidents.
By far the best method of coming out ahead after a motorcycle accident is to never have accident in the first place. Since most motorcycle/automobile accidents cause can be traced back to the fact that the driver of the automobile did not see the motorcycle until too late, anything a motorcyclist can due to increase the chance of being seen in time to prevent the accident is prudent. Techniques such as always riding with a headlight showing, wearing bright colored clothing, and choosing a motorcycle color that stands out from the surroundings will always be helpful in increasing visibility of the motorcycle to other drivers.
Statistically, at least in California, weather is rarely a factor in contributing to the likelihood of a motorcycle accident, except in the instances where weather reduces the chance of seeing the motorcycle and operator. Likewise, collisions with wildlife or other animals are not a major contributing factor in motorcycle accidents.
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