According to motorcycleaccident.org, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a fatal accident on the road than those in passenger cars, and 11 percent of all motor vehicle accidents occurring in the U.S. involve motorcycles.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Like accidents involving passenger cars, there are numerous causes of motorcycle accidents, although many occur due to the following circumstances:
- Adverse weather conditions.
- Failure to use turn signals.
- Lane splitting – when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes, which is illegal in North Carolina.
- Disregarding traffic conditions, signs, and signals.
- Driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Obstructed view.
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Mechanical defects.
- Roadway debris.
- Intentional hostile action (road rage).
When a motorcycle accident occurs, the rider has little or no protection from impact, accounting for the high percentage of serious injuries and fatalities.
Motorcycle Crashes and Head Injuries
The leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes is head injury, and a rider not wearing a helmet is 40 percent more likely to die of a head injury than someone wearing a helmet, but many motorcyclists elect not to wear them, saying that helmets are uncomfortable, obstruct vision, or cause more injuries than they prevent.
Were you the victim of a motorcycle accident due to the negligent conduct of another person and suffered serious injuries as a result? Contact Nagle & Associates online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free case evaluation today. We can help.