Motorcycle crashes are one of the most dangerous kinds of vehicular accidents there are. The reasons are clear for all to see; a motorcycle offers far less protection than an enclosed vehicle and a motorcycle weighs far less than a car so it is more likely to get tossed around by the impact of the crash.
That means the consequences of a motorcycle crash can be very serious for the rider. The rider could end up with serious injuries that result in high medical bills; those injuries could take some time to heal, which means that the person could be unable to work for a while so they would not be able to earn a living wage. The rider’s motorcycle could also be severely damaged, which might necessitate costly repairs or a complete replacement.
In addition to the physical trauma of the accident, there could be financial trauma for the rider as well. However, if the accident was not the rider’s fault, then they are eligible for compensation that can cover the various expenses that arise from the motorcycle accident. An attorney can help them to get that compensation so that they do not have to suffer financially as well. Anyone who was in a motorcycle accident in the central Florida region should contact Fasig and Brooks, motorcycle and car accident lawyers in Orlando, to get the help they need.
How Motorcycle Crashes Happen
Just like how there are different kinds of crashes involving four-wheeled vehicles, there are different kinds of crashes involving motorcycles. The cause of each type of crash may be different but the consequences are always serious.
Collision Between a Car and a Motorcycle
These are the most common types of motor accidents, in fact collisions with cars account for about three-quarters of all motorcycle accidents. The most common cause of motorcycle accidents are cars making left hand turns. This happens because the driver of the car doesn’t notice the motorcycle and collides with it.
Left hand turn accidents typically occur when the motorcycle is passing through an intersection and the left turning vehicle does not see it, either crashing into the motorcycle or having the motorcycle crash into the vehicle. They can also happen when the motorcycle is overtaking or passing the driver and the driver changes lanes without properly checking if it is safe to do so. In left hand turn accidents, the driver making the turn is nearly always found to be at fault for the accident.
These types of accidents usually occur when the rider is trying to avoid a crash. When a car tries to avoid an accident, the driver usually brakes suddenly or swerves out of the way; a motorcycle rider does the same actions but the nature of a motorcycle means the results are much different. When a motorcyclist brakes sharply, there is a chance that the brakes will lock up, which could send the rider flying over the handlebars.
If the rider swerves to avoid something then they could lose control of the motorcycle and fall off of it, which could send the driver and their motorcycle tumbling down the road.
Injuries Caused By Motorcycle Accidents
Since the rider in a motorcycle accident has very little protection aside from a helmet, they are highly susceptible to debilitating injuries. Some of the more common types of motorcycle injuries include the following:
Road Rash – These are skin abrasions caused by the rider skidding along the surface of the road. This is more serious than a standard bruise since it could result in scarring, skin irritation, and even nerve damage.
Fractures – These can be extremely serious or relatively mild depending on the nature of the accident. A relatively mild fracture or broken bone could heal in a few weeks, while a serious bone break could cause permanent mobility problems.
Head and Brain Injuries – Even if the rider is wearing a helmet they could suffer damage to their head. These are all very serious and could have permanent consequences. Some of the head injuries a motorcycle rider could suffer include concussion, skull fracture, brain haemorrhage, and brain damage.
Spinal Cord Injuries – A rider could suffer severe back injuries during a crash that could result in damage to the spinal cord. That could cause temporary or complete paralysis to the limbs below the point where the spinal injury occurred.
Ride Safe to Avoid Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive drivers rather than reckless riders, which means that riders are rarely at fault. However, with that in mind, there are steps that riders can take to avoid serious accidents. They should avoid doing things like speeding or lane-splitting in heavy traffic and they should always assume that other drivers cannot see them. That will encourage riders to be more defensive, which can help them to avoid accidents with cars and other four-wheeled vehicles.
If an accident does happen, then the injured rider should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Since the accident is unlikely to be the rider’s fault, their lawyer will have a good chance of securing them the compensation they need to take care of any expenses caused by the accident.
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