What are some common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycles require a lot of you to operate safely. From training, alertness and preparation, it’s important to be ready. But it’s not always in your hands. That’s why it’s crucial to know who dropped the ball when it comes to your accident.
Nearly 5,000 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2018, according to the most recent information from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association. Those accidents can happen for many reasons. But when you’re in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, they could be on the hook to contribute to your recovery.
Protection from others
Distractions, high speeds and reckless maneuvers from other drivers can all put you in danger. It’s important to hold others responsible when it causes a potentially deadly accident. But even without an impact, there are many more ways someone else could be at-fault for your accident.
Troubles beyond traffic
Motorcycles are finely tuned machines, and shortcomings in production, design or maintenance could put you at risk without you knowing. The same goes for protective gear. A helmet that is properly licensed is crucial for staying safe. Helmets are 67% percent effective in protecting riders from brain injuries, and 37% effective in warding off death, but manufacturing errors can present serious trouble for your brain and spinal cord when support doesn’t come through.
Even with everything working as it should, a rider and their bike can only operate as well as the roads they travel on. If roads are severely damaged, signs are missing or the design isn’t up to code, then it could be the municipality that’s responsible for your damages. Even something as seemingly minor as a shoulder that is too narrow can lead to dangerous situations.
Getting help after an accident can depend on showing these acts of negligence. It’s not an easy task, and many riders require assistance. Make sure you get the recovery you deserve after a serious motorcycle accident by relying on the attorneys at Satterley & Kelley PLLC. Our team is ready to dig into your case to help find any negligence that led to your injuries, so contact us today.