Motorcycle Accidents

In 2008, almost 100,000 motorcycle accidents resulted in injury in the United States, many of which were caused by a collision with another vehicle. Motorcycle accidents often leave the motorcyclists with life-changing injuries requiring long-term, expensive treatment.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

5,290 U.S. motorcycle accidents resulted in fatality in 2008
96,000 U.S. motorcycle accidents resulted in injury in 2008
2,554 of all motorcycles involved in fatal crashes in 2008 collided with another type of motor vehicle
Helmet use in the U.S. increased from 48 percent in 2005 to 67 percent in 2009
20 states and the District of Columbia have laws requiring all riders to wear a helmet
Only three states have no motorcycle helmet law
Helmets saved the lives of an estimated 1,829 motorcyclists in 2008

Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road and motorcyclists lack the protection automobile drivers have between themselves and other motorists. Therefore, motorcycle accident injuries are often more serious. Common injuries include road rash, and damage to the head, neck, and back.

While some motorcycle accidents are caused by uncontrollable factors such as weather, many are attributed to other drivers. The other driver may be at fault if:

They were using their cell phone or another electronic device
They were under the influence of alcohol or drugs
They were tired
They failed to wear their corrective lenses

More than half of the motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles occur at intersections, and more than two-thirds occur when the other driver does not see the motorcycle. Motorcyclists can take precautions such as driving defensively, never riding while tired, driving within the speed limit, and wearing proper attire to decrease their chances of being involved in a bad accident.

If you or someone close to you is involved in a motorcycle accident, you will most likely be traumatized and confused. Consulting an attorney who specializes in personal injury law will ensure that you make the right decisions, assist you in dealing with insurance companies, and assist you in determining if you are eligible for compensation. Types of compensation include:

Medical bills Rehabilitation Loss of property Wrongful death

About the Author:
To learn more about your options for compensation if you or a loved one are the victim of a motorcycle accident in Hudson County, New Jersey, visit the website of Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, P.C
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