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Why are motorcycle accidents often more catastrophic than car accidents?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2023 | Motorcycle crashes |

Over 800,000 motorcycle riders in California would almost certainly agree that the best way to get around is on two wheels. Whether riding to work or cruising down Pacific Coast Highway, there’s nothing like feeling the wind as you travel on the open road.

Those same people will tell you that there is also some danger that comes along with that freedom. Why is that?

Motorcycle fatalities

Motorcycles have a higher fatality rate than cars, and riders are more likely to suffer serious injuries in the event of a crash. One of the main reasons is the lack of protection for riders. Cars have a frame, airbags and seat belts that can mitigate the impact of a crash. Motorcycles, on the other hand, have none of these features.

Motorcycles are also more susceptible to road hazards than cars. Potholes, uneven road surfaces and debris on the road can cause a rider to lose control of their vehicle and crash. Even minor road hazards that a car can easily navigate can be a significant problem for a motorcycle.

Drivers of other vehicles may also cause motorcycle accidents by failing to yield the right of way to motorcycles. This can happen when drivers turn left in front of motorcycles, merge into their lane or pull out in front of them from a side street or driveway. Head-on collisions between motorcycles and cars are often the most catastrophic type of motorcycle accident. These accidents occur when a vehicle crosses the centerline or into oncoming traffic and collides with a motorcycle.

Many motorcycle accidents occur because of drivers of other vehicles. And while motorcyclists know the importance of staying vigilant while on the road, it may not be enough if someone driving an automobile is distracted or impaired. If you have been involved in a catastrophic motorcycle accident, it’s essential that you seek legal guidance to better determine whether you’re in a position to receive compensation for your injuries.

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