Oftentimes, motorcyclists have a stigma placed on them due to occasional stories of lane splitting, racing, or reckless driving. However, most motorcyclists ride their bike safely with safety at the forefront of their minds. Understanding what elements contribute to motorcycle accidents can help you optimize safety on the road. Discover three reasons why fatalities are common in motorcycle accidents:
1. Difference in Vehicle Size
Because motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road, a crash with a larger vehicle could quickly turn deadly. In a motorcycle accident involving one other vehicle, the larger object (truck or car) transfers force to the smaller object (motorcycle). This force could easily crush the motorcycle or throw the rider off the bike, causing serious injury or death.
2. Minimal Personal Protection
Because a motorcyclist is in an open vehicle, he must protect his body in different ways than a regular vehicle driver. The National Agenda for Motorcycle Safety encourages driver to wear: “a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218 compliant helmet, heavy-duty jacket and pants, boots, gloves, and eye protection.”
High-quality personal protection equipment coupled with safe driving skills can drastically decrease your involvement in a fatal motorcycle accident.
3. Zero Restraints
A truck or car has three types of restraints – seatbelt, windshield, and airbags. A motorcycle does not offer these restraints. Because of this, if a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, he could easily be thrown from his bike into traffic or onto the shoulder of the road.
Seek Help from Brian Adams, Your Georgia Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident due to a negligent driver, allow Attorney Brian Adams to help. He can take the legal burden off your shoulders as you navigate your grief. Although compensation will never replace your loved one’s presence, it can help you keep your focus on your emotional recovery instead of on financial worry. Call us today: (478) 845-1961.