Motorcycle accidents are common in and around the Baltimore area, as many people enjoy taking to the road on their bike. While no two motorcycle accidents are the same, the end result is often similar. This can include injuries, death and property damage.
As noted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there is no such thing as a typical motorcycle accident. What is typical is that this type of crash is often violent, with more than 80 percent resulting in an injury or death to the person on the bike.
When it comes to protection against injuries, the motorcycle itself does nothing. This is in stark contrast to being inside a vehicle with a seat belt, airbags and other safety features.
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents and subsequent injuries, including the negligence of the driver of another vehicle. Along with this, a motorcyclist can be injured due to a motorcycle defect or less than ideal road conditions. Of course, there is always the chance that the motorcyclist will make a mistake, such as driving too fast, which can result in an accident.
The best way to protect against serious injury in the event of a motorcycle accident is to wear a helmet, along with other types of protective gear.
Not every motorcycle accident results in serious injury or death, but this is very common due to the lack of protection. Those who drive a motorcycle need to be aware of what is going on around them, as this will increase their chance of remaining safe. Those who are injured in such an accident may wish to speak with an attorney about their legal rights.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “The Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash” Oct. 06, 2014