Motorcycle Accident Cases on the Rise

Every year there are more than 5,000 people killed and thousands more injured due to motorcycle accidents.  Motorcycle accidents are different from car accidents because the motorcyclist can be severely injured even at very low speeds.

Potential for Serious Head and Brain Injury

Motorcycle accidents are also more likely to cause head and brain injuries.  To protect themselves motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet no matter how fast and how far they are traveling.

Reasons for Increase in Motorcycle Accident Cases

Motorcycle safety reports indicate a stable raise in the number of fatal motorcycle in the United States.  Even though car accidents are still the leading cause of accidents on the road, their numbers have decreased over the past few years, whereas motorcycle accidents have increased.  Listed below are the five major reasons for the increase in motorcycle accidents in the U.S.

1. Increase in motorcycle sales.

Since motorcycles are cheaper than cars, the latest economic decline has increased the number of motorcycles bought.  Motorcycles also use less gas then cars, and therefore are cheaper to drive.  Motorcycle accidents increase with the sales.

2. More distractions on and off the road.

More technologies available for motorcyclists like hands free phones take away from the attention paid to the road.

3. Young and old motorcycle owners.

According to safety statistics, the majority of motorcycle owners are either in their teen years, or above 50 years old.  Motorcyclists who are 50 and over may have slower reflexes then needed to operate a motorcycle.  On the other hand teen drivers tend to be overly aggressive on the road, which can lead to more accidents.

4. New powerful motorcycle models.

Motorcycle engines are built for speed.  The faster a motorcycle goes the “better” it is.  One of the most effective selling points used by motorcycle distributers are new engines that make the bike faster.  People buy the bike that can go the fastest and has the biggest most powerful engine.  This results in a lot more speeding which translates to more motorcycle accidents.

5. Complacency in safety features.

Tests show that in people in general have a tendency to react to safety regulations by increasing other risky behavior associated with the activity.  An example of this would be a motorcyclist having to wear a helmet gives him a sense of security which results in reckless behaviors such as speeding.

Injury, Damages and Insurance Claims

Motorcycles, while exciting and a great form of transportation, can be extremely dangerous because it offers little-to-no protection to the rider in the event of a motorcycle accident.  Insurance companies try to settle auto accidents as quickly as possible and for the least amount of money.

Hiring an expert who is familiar with the ins and outs of the legalities that come with a motorcycle crash is your best course of action.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in California, contact Fresno motorcycle accident attorney West Seegmiller today. 

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