An estimated 50,000 people are injured and 3,000 killed in motorcycle accidents every year in the United States. Because motorcycles are smaller and less protected than automobiles, they are more vulnerable to accidents.Due to the increased susceptibility of motorcycles and the negligence of drivers on the road, motorcycle accidents often result in devastating injuries.
Many factors contribute to the frequency of motorcycle accidents including:
- Motor vehicle driver negligence – this is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents.
- Vehicle blind spots – Motorcycles are smaller than most vehicles and are often overlooked by careless drivers
- Limited visibility – About 70 percent of all accidents occur at intersections because motorcycles aren't as visible due to parked vehicles, buildings, etc.
- Unsafe vehicle maneuvers – including speeding, improper turning, and more
- Motorcycle defects – accidents often occur as a result of cycle part defects or fuel system leaks
- Road hazards – uneven pavements, potholes, debris, and puddles can all result in motorcycle accidents
In some cases, highway officials may be found negligent if roads aren't properly cared for or maintained. Be sure to note that claims against the government are subject to specific guidelines.
Furthermore, if the motorcycle accident was caused by a defective cycle or auto part, the motorcycle manufacturer or repairer may be liable. It is important to bear in mind that all personal injury claims are subject to statute of limitations laws, which limits the time a victim of a motorcycle accident has to file a suit.