Motorcycle vs. Car Accidents

Friday, October 6, 2017

Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most dangerous recreational activities as they are most likely to get involved in a crash than cars. So if you get involved in a motorcycle accident, you may experience severe injuries and face a very unlucky outcome. But what causes these devastating accidents? Calling your Ventura County motorcycle accident attorney should be your top priority.

Common Causes

Although similar things generally cause motorcycle accidents and car accidents, there are some particular differences between them. For example, car accidents are often caused by driver error, bad weather, and road conditions while cars making left-hand turns, lane splitting, and colliding with fixed objects are among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

Alcohol is a huge factor

Alcohol is often a factor in many motorcycle accidents. According to statistics, 1 in 3 motorcycle accidents is caused by alcohol consumption. Only 25 % of car accidents involve alcohol. Also, motorcyclists are three times most likely to get killed in a traffic accident. Almost 50% of these deaths involve one vehicle with a BAC of 0.08 or higher.

Average accident rates

Recent reports show that about 13 cars out of 100,000 are involved in a deadly collision. Also, motorcycle accidents are more prevalent per mile traveled. In other words, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get involved in an accident per every mile traveled than a vehicle driver.

Common injuries

Riders are less protected than car drivers therefore severe injuries are most likely to occur. Motorcyclists are not protected by steel and they are generally thrown from the bike during the crash. Some of the most common injuries sustained during bike crashes include:

  • Brain damage is common as well as a concussion. These accidents generally happen among riders not wearing a helmet.
  • Road rash together with damage to the soft tissue is also common when the rider’s body slides across the street.
    Joint and muscle injuries.
  • Fractures of the pelvis and shoulder.
  • Biker’s arm causes damages to the upper arm’s nerves. In some cases, the rider can experience temporary and permanent paralysis in one of the arms.
  • Disfigurement is also very common in motorcycle accidents, particularly facial disfigurement, which accounts for 35% of bike accidents.

Riders are most likely to get injured than drivers and about 26 times more likely to die in these collisions. Most motorcycle accidents occur among sports bikes. Supersport motorcycles have a higher death rate, about four times higher than normal motorcycles. Also, the fatality rate is twice as higher than that of conventional bikes.

How can a Ventura County motorcycle accident attorney help you?

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a Ventura County motorcycle accident attorney to help you determine who is at fault and protect your interests. We can help you pursue your potential claim and take up your fight against the reckless driver. Call us today and schedule your initial case evaluation with personal injury attorney J. Jeffrey Herman.

The Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman has a focus on personal injury cases in other parts of California.

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