Saturday, December 28, 2013

Best of Motorcycle Fails / Accident 20xx - 2013

Motorcycle accidents, as any personal injury attorney will tell you, are usually deadlier than car accidents. Whereas a car can help shield a motorist from injuries, the only protection a motorcycle rider really only has a safety helmet - if he or she is in fact wearing one - to prevent serious injury. In my personal injury law practice in Seattle, Washington, I see my share of tragedy that comes as a result of riding the roads on two wheels instead of four. I would like to share some somber statistics on motorcycle accidents and caution bikers to be extra cautious when traveling. • The number of accidents increases regularly year-to-year in the U.S. • Motorcycle deaths are 30 times as great as for those who drive automobiles • Riders under 40 are 36 more times as likely to be in an accident fatality than other drivers who are the same age • Motorcycle riders over 40 are around 20 times more likely to be in an accident fatality than other drivers who are the same age • Motorcycle fatalities make up about 5 percent of all highway deaths, but motorcycles represent only 2 percent of all registered vehicles in the U.S. • Approximately 80 percent of motorcycle accidents result in personal injury or death. Car accidents? Only 20 percent. • Most motorcycle accidents are caused by the simple fact that other vehicles fail to see them • Weather is not a factor in 98% of motorcycle accidents • 92% of motorcycle users involved in accidents have no safety or riding training; instead they learned on their own or from friends. Motorcycle rider safety training has been shown to significantly reduce personal injury and wrongful death in traffic mishaps. • The typical motorcycle accident allows the operator only 2 seconds to take action to avoid a harmful collision • In 73% of all motorcycle accidents, the rider is not using any eye protection (safety goggles, for example) and diminished vision resulting from wind delays critical reaction time to danger • The use of a safety helmet did not cause any significant failure to hear traffic noises or create a limited field of vision that contributed to a motorcycle accident • Riders and passengers using helmets suffered significantly lower head and neck injuries. These statistics clearly show that motorcycle usage can be significantly more dangerous than driving a car. They also clearly show that taking the right safety steps, such as wearing a helmet, having eye protection and getting some professional motorcycle safety training, can help bikers travel much more safely.

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