Motorcycle Accident FAQ

michaelMotorcycle accidents, though not necessarily more frequent than other types of accidents, do first result in serious injury or death more than auto accidents. According to the federal government from miles traveled in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents, so it certainly pays for motorcyclists to learn about the different and more frequent causes of accidents.

 

What To Do After A Motorcycle Accident

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and are wondering what to do, the first thing you need to do is to dial 911 immediately. If no one is severely injured or requires immediate medical attention, you must do your best to get all the contact information from any other vehicles, motorists, pedestrians or passengers that are involved, making sure that you write down the make, model and license plate numbers of all the vehicles involved. Use your camera or camera phone to take pictures of the scene, that way you can get accurate documentation to support your side of any story if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident. You should also contact as in any other type of auto accident, with a motorcycle accident you should contact the police, whether that’s through 911 or call your local police department to report the accident as you would a regular automobile accident.

When Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen

Motorcycle accidents, though not necessarily more frequent than other types of accidents, do first result in serious injury or death more than auto accidents. According to the federal government from miles travelled in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents, so it certainly pays for motorcyclists to learn about the different and more frequent causes of accidents. As to when the motorcycle accidents themselves occur, they are similar to auto accidents in that they can occur at any time on a roadway, though more likely to occur during greater traffic times or on busier streets or highways.

How Do you Protect Yourself In A Motorcycle Accident

To protect yourself in a motorcycle accident, you need to ensure that you have the proper riding gear. At a minimum riders should – motorcycle riders should wear DOT-approved helmets, eye protection, long sleeve shirts or jacket, denim jeans, closed footwear and gloves. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require at a minimum that helmets are designed to be used by motorcyclists and all of those helmets that are sold in the United States are required to meet or exceed the standards set by the federal government. Other things you can do to protect yourself in a motorcycle accident because motorcycles are more difficult to spot on a roadway is to spend an extra few seconds looking around you whether you’re the driver or the motorcycle rider to notice any vehicles around you, especially when you’re at intersections.

How Do You Recover From A Motorcycle Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to seek medical attention. Injuries from a motorcycle accident are much more likely than a car accident to be serious or fatal. Your recovery from an accident will depend upon the extent and seriousness of your injuries. Treatment at a local hospital is recommended and following the advice of your medical doctors to ensure a complete recovery.

What Are Motorcycle Crash Bars?

A motorcycle crash bar is usually a loop of chrome-plated steel tubing that’s mounted to each side of a motorcycle’s lower frame. They are designed to protect motorcycle engines and body panels as well as the rider. They’re less popular now than they used to be but still available on many motorcycles today. As well as their protective function, they’re also valuable as a mounting point for accessories like highway pegs, lights, on police motorcycles they’re used for sirens, cameras, radar guns. These may be added as an accessory after the fact from your dealer, though they are as well offered from manufacturers and can be installed after the sale or purchase of a motorcycle.

What Are The Chances Of Dying In A Motorcycle Accident

The chances of dying in a motorcycle accident are significant. According to the federal government per mile travelled in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents. Therefore, it is extremely important that you take all precautions when riding a motorcycle from the gear that you should be wearing to protect yourself as well as carefully paying attention to the roadway and other drivers around you.

What Are The Chances Of Getting In A Motorcycle Accident

The chance of getting in a motorcycle accident is similar to other motor vehicles, though there are certain significant risks to a motorcycle as opposed to an automobile. Because they are small and less likely to be seen by other motorists, there is a risk at intersections and on busy streets and highways that you may not be seen on a motorcycle and therefore run the risk of a motorcycle accident. It’s extremely important to make sure you pay attention to all other motorists on the roadway when operating or riding on a motorcycle.

What Are The Chances Of Surviving A Motorcycle Accident

Chances of surviving a motorcycle accident like any type of car accident are normally significant. However, those riding a motorcycle are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than someone in an automobile. Your chance of survival increases when you are wearing the right type of gear for a motorcycle – a helmet, proper clothing, gloves, close-toed shoes and, again, seeking medical treatment immediately from the time of the accident will increase your chances of surviving.

What Causes A Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident can occur from a variety of reasons. Car crashes involving motorcycles along with another vehicle account for 56 percent of motorcycle accident deaths and the vast majority of these accidents the car strikes the motorcycle from the front approximately 78 percent of the time. A car striking motorcycle from the rear usually only occurs about 5 percent of the time, and collisions between a car and a motorcycle are often the most fatal to the motorcyclists. Other times when motorcycle accidents occur tend to be when there are cars making left-hand turns. Those usually count for approximately 40 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle or a car. Other significant times when motorcycle accidents occur are when the motorcyclist is lane-splitting or riding between two different lanes, the motorcyclist is speeding, if there’s alcohol use involved. There are collisions between motorcycles and fixed objects. Those account for about 25 percent of motorcyclist deaths and it is only when the motorcyclist hits a fixed object and not another moving vehicle. Road hazards cause significant issues and potential causes for accidents with motorcyclists as well as high performance motorcycles that are made to exceed normal safety standards as far as excessive speed. Again, motorcyclists are more at risk for fatal or serious accidents on the road than automobile drivers but, again, they can increase the safety by being aware of these common causes of accidents and taking steps to try to reduce them.

What Happens After A Motorcycle Accident

After a motorcycle accident you need to contact 911 or the local police department to report that the accident has occurred similar to any other type of automobile accident. If you have sustained injuries you need to seek medical treatment either through 911 or if the injuries are not as significant treatment with your local doctor or emergency room. Following that if you’re not at fault for the accident, you may have a right to bring a claim for your injuries. It’s suggested that you contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss whether or not you may have a case against the party who caused your accident.

What Is An Average Settlement For A Motorcycle Accident

The average settlement for a motorcycle accident depends upon the extent of your injuries and the insurance coverage available or the assets of the at-fault party. If your injuries are more extensive requiring medical treatment or future medical treatment or you have sustained lost wages or future lost wages because of the accident, those items will increase the value of your accident – motorcycle accident claim. It is suggested that you seek a lawyer to help you determine the amount of available insurance coverage to compensate you for your motorcycle accident and to determine a fair value for your injuries and your pain and suffering that you may have sustained in a motorcycle accident.

What is the most common type of motorcycle accident?

Michael Steinger:The most common type of motorcycle accident is crashes involving motorcycles and other moving vehicles. Approximately 78 percent of the time motorcyclists are struck by – from the front by another automobile or moving vehicle. The impact between an automobile or car and a motorcycle is the greatest risk to a motorcyclist and the most common cause of motorcycle accidents.

What Should You Do If You Witness A Motorcycle Accident

If you have witnessed a motorcycle accident it is important that you stop at the scene of the accident and offer to render any help that may be needed to the motorcyclist or anybody else who could potentially be injured in the accident. Additionally, you need to call 911 or your local police department and alert them of the accident, its location and whether or not there may be any injuries involved. As a witness, giving this information will help the injured victim in bringing their claim, so it’s extremely important that you provide your name, your address, your phone number, and any other contact information that you may have to any of the parties involved in the accident or to 911 or any police officers that may be present at the scene.

What Are The Biggest Factors That Would Allow Someone To Prevail In A Motorcycle Accident Claim

The biggest factors to prevail in a motorcycle accident claim are initially being able to prove that the other party was at fault in the accident, so witness statements of those who may have seen the accident or any other information from the police officer in his report to statements from the other person involved in the accident all go toward helping determine who was at fault in the accident and will assist in being able to prove liability for your claim. Additionally, seeking medical treatment immediately after an accident, gathering those medical records and bills to be able to present to the insurance company will help to substantiate your claim and increase the value of your claim.

What Are Common Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit Questions

A lot of people contact us to discuss the property damage to their motorcycle. Many times if your motorcycle has significant damage the insurance company will offer to replace your motorcycle or pay you for the value of the motorcycle. You need to keep in mind that if you accept a settlement offer on your motorcycle the insurance company becomes the owner of it. Once that happens, the insurance company can destroy the motorcycle and any evidence along with it that could have helped your case for settlement or trial, so before you settle with the insurance company and let them take your motorcycle it’s important to document through pictures or estimates on repair to assist you in bringing your claim.

What Are The Helmet Laws In Florida

There are helmet laws. They differ from state to state. In Florida, for instance, there is no requirement that you wear a helmet as long as your motorcycle is insured and you carry bodily injury coverage. If you do not, then the law says that you must wear a helmet. The helmet laws vary from state to state, so you need to look at the local DMV whether online or in person to determine what helmet laws are required for your state.

 

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