Types of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways, but some types are more common than others. When we examine the statistics regarding motorcycle crashes, certain patterns emerge. According to a report issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, nearly half of all fatal motorcycle crashes are single-vehicle accidents, 48% of which involve speeding and 42% of which involve a high blood-alcohol concentration. In cases in which two or more vehicles were involved in the accident, head-on collisions are most common. This type of accident frequently occurs when one of the drivers runs a stop sign or red light or turns left in front of the other, and in the majority of cases, it is the automobile driver who is at fault.
The notion that car and truck drivers are frequently at fault for causing motorcycle accidents is supported by statistics from the Hurt Report, a landmark study issued in 1981, which concluded, among other things, that drivers are responsible for such crashes in approximately two out of three cases. In some accidents, the driver is at fault for willfully denying the rider's right of way. In a large percentage of cases, it is a driver mistake such as misjudging the distance to an approaching rider before turning left or failing to check blind spots before turning or changing lanes. The driver may cause a rear-end collision by failing to brake early enough at a red light where a rider is stopped or may force the rider off the road by changing lanes without looking.
Holding Drivers Responsible for Motorcycle Accidents
Whether you have been hurt by a drunk driver or a driver who was texting behind the wheel, we believe that you should not be forced to pay the price. Car drivers can and should be held accountable for causing accidents with motorcycles, and we want to help you take action to claim the compensation you deserve. Contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord now for a free consultation and to learn how we can put our 100 years of combined experience to work for you!