According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, “approximately 1.35 million people die in road crashes each year, [and] on average 3,700 people lose their lives every day on the roads. An additional 20-50 million suffer non-fatal injuries often resulting in long-term disabilities, and more than half of all road traffic deaths occur among vulnerable road users—pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.” While there’s much focus placed on those involved in car accidents, not as much attention is paid to those in motorcycle accidents, even though they tend to be some of the most fatal ones. If you or someone you know has recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, stick around to find out some of the ways a personal injury attorney in Jackson, Mississippi can help you.
Car Accidents vs. Motorcycle Accidents:
Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “in 2018 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in the United States. The latest data on vehicle miles traveled shows that motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.” While motorcycle riders are thrilled by the unique experience riding motorbikes provides, driving motorcycles puts them in a particularly vulnerable circumstance. This is mostly due to the lack of physical protection that motorcycles provide in roads, and particularly in the freeway. Even the most responsible driver can find themselves in an incredibly dangerous and fatal motorcycle accident, because while car drivers are also susceptible to accidents, they count with a stronger buffer between them and the other vehicle, or element.
Car drivers and motorcycle drivers are prone to have accidents influenced by similar elements. Among these are poor road conditions, including snowy and slippery roads, damaged roads, weather conditions, vehicle defects and others. But while these elements can result in deadly wrecks for both car drivers and motorcycle drivers, motorcycle drivers do not count with the built-in technological tools that modern vehicles have. These include automatic emergency braking (AEB), back up camera, auto-steering, led headlights, lane departure warning/lane keeping system, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic emergency braking (rear AEB), autonomous cruise control (ACC), Bluetooth/voice control, forward collision warning (FCW), and blind-spot warning. Of course, we don’t provide this information to discourage motorcycle drivers from riding, because clearly there’s a particularly enjoyable and unique element to riding motorcycles, but we do encourage motorcycle drivers who don’t have these built-in tools in their bikes to be particularly careful when going out for a ride. And in the event that you still find yourself in a motorcycle accident, even after following the proper guidelines and recommendations, we suggest you contact an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help you obtain compensation from the at-fault party. For more information on an attorney who can help, contact Ballard Law at (769) 572-5111.