With warm weather making its presence in the state of Washington, it can be expected to see more individuals spending time outdoors. This also means motorists need to be more aware of their surroundings. This is not only important when pedestrians are present, but also when smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, are traveling near them. Failing to check mirrors and blind spots could result in a serious and even fatal motorcycle crash.
When looking at motorcycle accidents as a whole, roughly two-thirds of them involve another vehicle, with the other driver violating the motorcyclist’s right of way. Not only are most motorcycle accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers, these accidents are likely to be more severe. In fact, a motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a crash when compared to occupants in a passenger vehicle.
While fatal injuries are likely in a motorcycle crash, bikers are five times more likely to be injured in a motorcycle crash when compared to a passenger vehicle crash. The injures that befall a motorcycle accident victim can be severe. Trauma could be experienced to the head, neck or spinal cord. Additionally, the victim could suffer bone fractures, lacerations and even internal injuries. Such injuries could require much medical treatment, even causing additional financial harms to occur while a victim heals and is unable to work.
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be tragic. If a victim survives the collision, they will likely not walk away unscathed. Because the injuries suffered by a rider can be some of the most severe, the damages can be severe as well. Thus, considering a personal injury action could be very beneficial. It could help address the physical, emotional and financial losses caused by the crash.