While cars remain to be the most common means of transportation in the US, records from the Department of Transportation show that motorcycles continue to gain popularity year after year, with around 9 million having been registered in 2012. When referring to motorcycles, the Department of Motor Vehicles uses the term loosely on any type of two- or three-wheel powered vehicles (including scooters, mini bikes, pocket bikes, three wheelers, mopeds and off-roaders) that have been designed for on/off-road or dual-purpose use.
To be used on public roadways, two things are required of dual-purpose and on-road motorcycles: compliance with federal and state certification standards, and registration (typically, however, light scooters and mopeds – light powered bikes with engines smaller than 50cc – are also allowed to be used on public roadways even without registration).
The safe use of motorcycle and the safety of riders against any type of road accident are dependent on many different factors which may fall within the responsibility of the riders themselves, of another vehicle’s driver, the motorcycle manufacturer or those in charge of keeping roads and highways free of any driving hazards. Some specific examples of these, as mentioned on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, include defective roads, motorcycle defects or malfunctions, negligent or reckless drivers, intoxicated motorists, distracted drivers, and aggressive driving.
In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 4,986 fatal motorcycle accidents and another 88,000 mishaps that resulted to injuries. Due to the lack of protection that would shield a rider’s body from the force of an impact during collision, the likelihood of death for motorcyclists is 35% higher than drivers of cars and most of these deaths are due to head injury, which is actually the number one cause of death in motorcycle crashes.
While many motorcycle accidents are due to the rider crashing into fixed objects, many more involve another vehicle, especially one that is turning left without first checking for a possible approaching motorcycle.
An injury resulting from any type of accident that happens due to another person’s negligence, such as getting a concussion, is called personal injury and, as stated on the website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm, the National Center for Health Statistics records about 31 million people sustaining this type of injury every year.
According to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm, seeking the help of legal experts is often an absolute necessity for victims of accidents as this will help ensure that the victim will know and understand his/her legal rights and options, as well as have a strong representation if ever he/she opts to file a civil lawsuit in court.Read More