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Dissecting the causes of motorcycle accidents

Even when an accident seems simple or minor, it can in fact be a rather complex event. In most cases, victims in Washington State and elsewhere are not confident they understood what just happened. Not only do they happen in a blink of an eye, but accidents also induce shock. When a victim is overwhelmed by emotions and pain, it can be difficult to remember what exactly just happened.

Because of that, a detailed investigation is necessary. His can help uncover the human, vehicle and environmental factors that possibly led to the crash. Take a motorcycle accident for example. This can be one of the most violent motor vehicle accidents due to a motorcycle's small size and the fact that a hard exterior shell does not protect riders. In fact, roughly 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes involved some form of injury or cause the death of a rider.

Because ejection is a common injury pathway for motorcyclists, this could help investigators determine the direction of force as well as the mount of force. This could help establish where and how the collision occurred as well as the speed of both vehicles at the time of impact.

Roughly 60 percent of motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles. This means that another motorist could be at fault in these crashes. Based on current data, around one-third of these crashes were caused by a motorist turning into the path of the motorcyclist. If a driver is not attentive, fails to stop at a sign or signal or is speeding, this could be a major factor in a motorcycle accident.

If you have ben involved in a motorcycle crash, you are likely dealing with much pain and are overwhelmed by the aftermath of the crash. By taking the time to understand how it occurred and who was at fault, you could open up the possibility to legal recourses. A personal injury action could help an injured victim recover compensation from a negligent driver for losses and damages arising from he crash.

Source: Nhtsa.gov, "The Anatomy of a Motorcycle Crash," accessed Dec. 31, 2017

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