North Carolina Accident Law Firm Well-Versed in Motorcycle Accidents
Although motorcycle accidents are not necessarily more frequent than other types of accidents, because of the lack of protection the motorcycle affords the rider, motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death. The motorcycle’s small size in relation to a passenger car makes it less visible and more prone to accidents.
Collisions Between Cars and Motorcycles
Collisions involving motorcycles and automobiles make up 56 percent of motorcycle accident fatalities. Approximately 78 percent of the time, the automobile hit the motorcycle from the front. Rear end collisions in which the car struck the motorcycle from behind accounted for only five percent of the fatalities, while head-on collisions between an automobile and a motorcycle were often fatal to the motorcyclist.
The most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist occurs when cars are making left-hand turns, accounting for over 40 percent of all accidents involving an automobile and a motorcycle. Typically, the car turning strikes the motorcycle when it is going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car.
Common Hazards for Motorcyclists
Motorcycles face greater dangers from road hazards than cars or other vehicles do, because of their smaller size and less stable nature, making potholes, slippery pavement, uneven lanes, road debris, and other unexpected objects serious safety threats.
When motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligent conduct of another person, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed to collect damages from the responsible party. If you suffered grave injuries in a motorcycle accident in Wilmington due to someone else’s negligence, contact Nagle & Associates online or call (800) 411-1583 to set up your free initial consultation today.