Though many think all auto collisions are created equal, this is far from the truth. While riding motorcycles can be a fun and freeing experience, these vehicles are often involved in the most severe crashes. If you are involved in a motorcycle accident, you may, unfortunately, experience more severe injuries than you would if you were in a car. Luckily, an Anne Arundel and Howard County auto accident lawyer can help you receive the justice you deserve for the injuries you’ve sustained.
How Do Car and Motorcycle Accidents Differ?
Unfortunately for motorcyclists, the risks involved in riding one can often be severe. Motorcycles make up only 3% of registered vehicles and account for only 0.6% of all miles traveled according to statistics. However, despite their rarity on the road, it’s estimated that 80% of these accidents result in serious bodily harm, while 14% result in death. As such, the drastic difference in danger is prevalent.
One of the primary reasons motorcycle accidents can be extremely dangerous is that riders are much more vulnerable. Unlike drivers in a car, motorcyclists do not have the same protection. There is no metal framing to take the brunt of a collision. Instead, the rider can have direct contact with a vehicle. Because there are fewer protections, the injuries can be more severe. They include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
- Bone fractures
- Road rash
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents occur because drivers do not anticipate the speed or size of motorcyclists. Because they are uncommon on the road, many drivers do not think to look for them before turning or switching lanes.
If I’m Involved in a Motorcycle Accident, How Should I Proceed?
As a rider, it’s essential to do what you can to mitigate your damages. You should invest in quality protection, such as a helmet, riding pants, and gloves. However, you may do everything right but still suffer because of another person’s negligence. If this is the case, you must take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
The first thing you should do is contact emergency services as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you do not call for medical attention, the negligent party can use that against you. Even if you think your injuries are minor, it’s in your best interest to seek care. If you are physically able, you should take photos and videos of the accident scene. This includes the damage to your vehicle, the injuries you’ve sustained, road conditions, and the general area where the collision occurred. You must record the names and phone numbers of witnesses.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists do not have the best reputation. At the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz, our dedicated legal team will fight to ensure you are treated fairly when pursuing compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained due to another person’s negligence. Contact us today to learn how we will fight for you.