Although summer officially starts in few days, it unofficially started with Memorial Day, which means many people will be enjoying the weather on the back of a bike. Although a biker does not face a higher risk of getting into an accident than other drivers, the danger comes from the severity of the injuries that result from even a low-speed accident.
There are many different reasons for an accident involving a motorcycle, including single-vehicle accidents. Here are a few of the most common types of bike crashes:
- Head-on collision – Although it may be difficult to believe, the majority of collisions between a bike and another vehicle where there is a fatality involve a head-on impact. More than fifty percent of all motorcycle fatalities involve this type of collision, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Usually, it is the biker who dies because of the lack of structural or airbag protections in the motorcycle. In most cases, the driver of the other vehicle is at fault in this type of accident;
- Left-turning vehicles – These accidents may involve a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle proceeds straight, going the other direction. In addition, the impact may have occurred while the bike was attempting to pass the other vehicle. Out of all collisions with a bike and another vehicle, with or without fatalities, this type of accident comprises around forty percent (40%) of the total number of accidents. Often, the crash is attributed to the fact that the driver of the other vehicle did not see the biker or believes that he could beat the bike through the turn;
- Lane splitting – There are times when the biker is partially responsible for the accident that occurred. One of these instances is when bikes travel between two lanes of traffic in order to get around slowed or stopped traffic. Collisions happen because cars do not expect the bike to come up next to them when traffic is moving slowly. Often, a car will decide to change lanes and will crash into a lane splitting bike. Although the biker may share in the liability, the driver of the other vehicle usually moved into the path of the bike, so a partial recovery for the harm done is possible;
- Single-vehicle accidents – When there is a bike crash where no other vehicle is involved, it may be caused by a variety of factors, including alcohol or speed. However, there are many other reasons for this type of crash, including poor road conditions, debris in the roadway, weather conditions, or motorcycle maintenance problems. Liability depends on the specific facts of the crash; and
- Fixed-object collisions – Although a subsection of single-vehicle accidents, this type of crash is very common. The term fixed-object is slightly confusing, because the accident could involve a collision with a dead animal in the road. In addition, there may be an impact with a bridge or overpass, a light pole, curbs, or structural walls on the side of the road. Many times, the impact with the fixed-object occurs after the biker has lost control of the vehicle for some reason. Sometimes, the biker will slide into the object after laying down the bike, resulting in severe road rash as well as impact injuries.
Regardless of the nature of the accident, the bike victim faces a much higher risk of serious harm or death when involved in a crash. Frequently, a survivor will require extensive medical care for many years after the accident, quite possibly for a lifetime.
Murphy and Associates, PLC Works Hard for Injured Bikers
A person who has been injured in a motorcycle crash needs the right help on his side in order to recover from his injuries and reclaim his life. The skilled and dedicated Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorneys at Murphy & Associates, PLC are ready to fight for you and your rights. Call us at (502) 473-6464 to set a time for an initial consultation. We will work with you to discover your specific needs and craft a legal strategy that works for you and your family. We only receive a fee if we recover compensation for you.