A motorcycle is a cool form of transportation and a great alternative to a car or other types of motor vehicles. Despite the economical benefits it provides, though, is the unfortunate reality that people who ride a motorcycle face risks to their health and safety when sharing the road with motor vehicles. Car occupants have all the possible protections they will need in case of an accident: their car’s frame airbags, seat belts and other safety devices. A motorcycle rider, however, only has a helmet or maybe even a padded suit; but what good are these if the impact created during a collision is so forceful? .
A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report says that there were 88,000 motorcyclists who got injured in 2015; a 4.3% decrease from the 92,000 injuries in 2014. The number of deaths, however, increased by 8.3 percent – from 4,594 in 2014 to 4,976 in 2015. More than half of these injuries and deaths were due to multiple-vehicle crashes, or crashes where another vehicle was involved.
Causes of multiple-vehicle crashes include: a motor vehicle hitting a motorcycle head-on after crossing the centerline; a distracted motor vehicle driver; an alcohol-impaired driver (alcohol-impairment is the cause of more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents); failure of drivers to detect motorcycles in traffic, especially when making a turn or changing lanes; overspeeding; and failure of drivers to respect a motorcyclist’s right of way. Multiple-vehicle crashes occur less frequently than single vehicle accidents, but their results are always more severe.
A single vehicle accident, meanwhile, involves no other vehicle. This is the cause of about a fourth of motorcycle accidents. Often, the cause of this type of accident is rider error, that is a rider who usually over brakes, does not slow down while running on a curve, or who rides recklessly and eventually collides with a fixed object, such as a lamp post.
Studies show that riders, who never received formal riding education, are the ones who often crash. Rather than learning how to properly ride a motorbike in a riding school, these riders learn instead from friends or relatives. Despite lack of formal riding education, many motorcycle accidents are caused by motor vehicle drivers who are reckless or negligent.
As pointed out in the website of the law firm Ali Mokaram, “Personal injury law, which is “a wide branch of tort law, encompasses civil cases brought against other citizens. These cases typically arise when the negligence of one person causes injury to innocent party. This negligence can be created through action or inaction either directly or indirectly. Frequently these cases result in compensatory damages to assist with the injuries incurred.
Compensation, or commonly referred to as damages, can be divided into two categories, punitive or compensatory damages. Punitive damages are penalties that a judge will award to the plaintiff that is specifically designed to punish the defendant for their heinous acts. These damages are typically reserved for cases involving tort law and are often used to deter the defendant from doing the act again. On the contrary, compensatory damages are designed to help the plaintiff to pay for the costs of recovering after the injury. These damages often include things such as lost wages, property damages, and lawyer fees.”