Motorcycle Accidents and Prevention: Education and Mutual Caution Are Key

For several decades, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Department of Transportation (DoT), and countless other federal and state regulatory agencies have been working hard to promote driver safety in the United States. Because of their efforts, fatalities and injuries related to car accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents have all experienced historic declines, and it has never been safer to get into a motor vehicle. Still, even with this wave of successful safety campaigns, there is one group of motorists that has fallen through the cracks, motorcyclists. The number of deaths involving motorcycle accidents has increased during 13 of the past 14 years, but despite the statistics, they continue to be in high demand. With sales data indicating that motorcycles are here to stay, education and caution will be crucially important in curbing these troubling statistics. (Department of Transportation)

Education-There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents are so prevalent. For example, the average motorcycle is noticeably smaller than most other vehicles on the road, and this makes it easier for riders to get lost in the blind spots of passenger cars and SUVs, and when the sun goes down, bikers can be missed entirely. It is important for everyone on the road to be educated on the facts related to these accidents, as well as various techniques and best practices for preventing collisions.

Caution-In a recent press release, the U.S. Transportation Secretary emphasized the importance of mutual caution on the part of motorcyclists and passenger vehicles. As road users, we have a common responsibility to safely share the road, and encouraging safe riding and cooperation is essential to reducing the number of deaths and injuries on our nation’s highways every year. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Department of Transportation)

Aside from a helmet (when worn), a motorcyclist has little to no protection against the trauma of a vehicle collision. As lawyers who represent clients in lawsuits stemming from Chicago motorcycle accidents involving injuries, we know that the results of a vehicle sideswiping or striking a biker can be catastrophic. Head, neck, and spinal cord injuries are all very common in motorcycle accidents; in some cases these injuries can take several months to recover from, but in some cases victims will never fully recover.

Over two-thirds of the three million traffic injuries in the United States are permanent, and motorcyclist injuries are no exception. The prospect of perpetuating medical bills and insurance costs can be intimidating, and every time our attorneys are able to recover a settlement for our clients, it is one less thing that they have to worry about. We may be able help you handle your burdens, so that you can focus on what is most important, your recovery. If you or someone you love has been killed or injured by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver, you do not have to accept being relegated to a hospital bed; we can help you take action.

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