Have you ever witnessed someone get up and simply walk away unscathed from what should have been a deadly motorcycle accident?
No matter how cautious motorcycles riders are, they cannot control the drivers around them. Car drivers often fail to notice motorcycles in their vicinity, especially in their blind spots or when changing lanes.
Unfortunately, it does not take much for a motorcycle driver to get injured in an accident.
Motorcycle riders also risk much more serious injuries. Most cars have airbags, seatbelts, and numerous under safety mechanisms to protect both drivers and passengers.
However, motorcycles do not have any of these safety features. The only protection motorcycle riders have is their helmets, goggles, jackets, gloves, and the clothing they are wearing.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
Virginia’s beautiful scenery and long-winding, mountainous roads can make for some of the best motorcycle riding in the United States.
In 2017, Virginia had 107 deaths resulting from motorcycle crashes, which is the highest in 10 years, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. This was almost a 50% increase from the previous year.
Virginia Beach was home to the highest concentration of fatal accidents in all of the State of Virginia.
Motorcyclists are approximately 28 times more susceptible to suffering from fatal accidents than the drivers of other vehicles. Although motorcycles only account for about 3% of registered vehicles, they are involved in 11% of all vehicle accidents.
While experienced motorcyclists often drive carefully because they know the risks, it is still difficult for riders to overcome other drivers’ propensities not to notice motorcycles.
Motorcyclists are also much more exposed to hazardous road and weather conditions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, 5,286 motorcycle riders died in motor vehicle accidents. That is a 5.1% increase from 2015.
Examples of Riders Surviving Horrific Motorcycle Crashes
Despite all of the motorcycle crash related fatalities, it is not uncommon to go on YouTube and find videos of riders surviving the most dreadful accidents. For example, this crash was caught on a biker’s helmet camera.
As you can see, the biker was waiting at a stoplight. When the light turned green, a camaro t-boned the SUV in front of the motorcycle. Despite the impact and being catapulted from his bike, the rider managed to grab on to the SUV. Even more amazing the rider managed to walk away injury-free.
This YouTube video, shows a rider badly spinning out and rolling his motorcycle. However, he was wearing a Helite Airbag Protection device and walked away from the accident without the need of medical attention.
This video, shows a motorcyclist hitting a turning car and somersaulting in the air, only to get up and walk away.
In another YouTube video, the biker, who looks to be speeding, loses control and even slides under an SUV. Then, the biker miraculously gets up and walks away.
In this video, a biker involved in a police chase hit a car head-on, somersaulting several times in the air before slamming onto the pavement. Unbelievably, the rider quickly gets up and proceeds to continue running from the police.
The final video, shows a biker crash into a car that turned in front of him, only to quickly jump up on his feet.
The Most Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Injuries from motorcycle accidents range in severity from small scrapes to traumatic brain injury or even death. Minor injuries can often heal with minimal treatment; however, more severe injuries can leave crash victims in need of intensive medical supervision for life. The most frequently occurring motorcyclists’ injuries include the following:
- Road rash and burns
- Lacerations and Scrapes
- Sprains and strains
- Facial injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Loss of arms or legs
- Internal bleeding an organ damage
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
Studies show that motorcycle drivers are at five times greater risk of suffering from crash related injuries than other drivers.
The Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents
A majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver’s negligence. Drivers often cut in front of motorcyclists. Often motorcycle accidents result from the following:
- Distracted drivers not paying attention to the road is the number one cause of all accidents.
- Aggressive drivers that become enraged behind the wheel, resulting in risky driving.
- Drivers speeding, which gives them less time to react in unexpected situations.
- Drivers who follow motorcycles too closely.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Front brake lock caused by hitting the front brakes of the motorcycle too hard.
- A motorcycle rear-ended by another vehicle.
- Cars improperly changing lanes and inadequately checking their blind spots.
- Opened car doors, which cause the biker to crash into the door.
Almost 50% of motorcycle crashes are caused when the motorcycle driver is going straight and another vehicle is making a left turn.
Additionally, motorcycle accidents are also caused by road debris, bad weather conditions, poor road maintenance and defective equipment.
Regrettably, even highly skilled motorcycle riders are often incapable anticipating other drivers’ actions. Even the most modest accident can be deadly for motorcycle riders.
Need a Virginia Beach Motorcycle Accident Attorney?
At Barney Injury Law, Scott R. Barney, Esq. represents motorcycle riders that have been injured in accidents. His Virginia Beach personal injury law firm understands the pain and suffering you might endure from a severe motorcycle accident.
Consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can assist you in making more informed decisions regarding your case. Careless drivers responsible for your accident should be held liable for all of your injuries and losses, including your motorcycle repair costs, hospital bills, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, lost wages and future lost earnings.
Family members of fatal motorcycle crash victims are often overcome with sadness and left in despair from their unforeseen loss. Scott. R. Barney, Esq., an experienced attorney, with unmatched devotion and know-how, is available to guide you through your wrongful death lawsuit.
Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not get one cent until after we recover compensation for you. Scott R. Barney, Esq. can negotiate the best possible settlement on your behalf. Or if necessary, our team will take your case to court in order to obtain the full compensation you deserve.
Retain legal assistance for your motorcycle accident case today. Our high-quality legal representation will help you make the most out of your claim. To speak with an attorney and have a free consultation, call (757) 296-7277 or contact us online.