Millions of people get seriously injured or die from car or motorcycle accidents every year. It’s a very common occurrence no matter what country you live in, whether you’re driving on a highway or back roads. Often, these accidents can occur even if you take all the safety precautions possible.
Driving on any road is always a gamble—you have no control over what other drivers will do and how they will react to any given situation. All you can do is protect yourself and your passengers as much as possible.
Cars Vs. Motorcycles: Safety
Motorcyclists are perhaps the most vulnerable drivers on any road. Aside from their personal protective gear of helmets and riding leathers, no external structure can cushion or shield them from direct impact. Even a minor unseen obstacle can throw them off their motorcycle and onto the roadside.
On the other hand, cars have some protection in the form of seat belts and airbags inside the vehicle. There are also internal systems that can warn drivers of impending collisions and maintain the car’s overall stability in the event of an impact. While cars are relatively lightweight compared to, say, a large van or truck, the car exterior can still keep everyone inside safe. No matter what vehicle you ride in or how protected you are, there is always a potential risk to face serious accidents.
Common Causes of Car and Motorcycle Accidents
More than 6 million car accidents occur in the United States yearly, involving nearly 3 million injured persons and including over 36,000 fatalities. Generally, car accidents can be classified into two main types: driver error or other external causes. Listed below are some common causes of car accidents due to driver error:
- Driving under the influence: Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can significantly impair a person’s cognition. After decades and millions of deaths, drunk driving is still one of the major causes of car accidents worldwide.
- Distractions while driving: Despite local laws and common sense, thousands of people still get into car accidents because they use their cellphone while driving.
- Over speeding: Advancements in technology have made radar speed detectors ubiquitous on all types of roads. Nevertheless, speeding remains one of the most common reasons for car accidents.
- Disobeying traffic signs: Some drivers ignore stop signs or speed through traffic light changes, leading to major car accidents.
- Fatigue: Many car accidents occur because of drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
In 2019, over 111,000 motorcyclists were involved in crashes, with more than 84,000 injured persons and over 5,000 deaths. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Splitting lanes: Because motorcycles are much narrower and more maneuverable, some motorcyclists take it to mean that they have the freedom to maneuver between lanes as traffic slows. This is illegal in all states, not to mention very dangerous.
- Over speeding: Despite speed warnings, safety lessons, and common sense, thousands of motorcyclists still speed through roads.
- Driving under the influence: Motorcyclists aren’t exempt from getting on their motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol drugs. No matter what vehicle you own, driving it under the influence will cause an accident.
- Other drivers: Motorcycles don’t stand a chance against cars and other larger vehicles. Thousands of motorcycles get hit by vehicles turning left at busy intersections.
Millions of people get into car or motorcycle accidents every year, and these statistics aren’t likely to get any lower. It’s essential to remain vigilant no matter what type of vehicle you drive and to keep safety precautions in mind every time you’re out on the road. If you’re injured in a car or motorcycle accident caused by another person, you are entitled to compensation to aid with your physical, emotional, and financial recovery.
If you want to pursue compensation after an accident, you need the best personal injury lawyer around. Kang Law Group will provide the representation you need and deserve. We only collect attorneys’ fees if we secure compensation on your behalf. Contact us for a free case evaluation today!