Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience. Unfortunately, that thrill comes with inherent risks.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 34 times more likely to die in accidents than passenger vehicle drivers. In 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists died in crashes and 88,000 sustained injuries.
There are several reasons why driving a motorcycle is more dangerous than getting behind the wheel of a passenger car. These include:
- More vulnerable to poor road conditions;
- Less visible to drivers;
- Less protection in the event of a crash;
- Less stability;
- Encourages high-risk behavior; and
- More challenging to drive.
Unfortunately, even the safest motorcyclists can fall victim to negligent drivers. If you were injured in a motorcycle crash in Texas, contact The Robson Law Firm.
An Austin injury lawyer will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at six reasons why motorcycles are more dangerous to drive than passenger vehicles:
- More Vulnerable to Poor Road Conditions
According to the NHTSA, potholes, debris and uneven road surfaces can be deadly for motorcyclists. While a four-wheeled vehicle can maintain stability in poor road conditions, all it takes is a minor hazard to cause a motorcyclist to lose control.
- Less Visible to Drivers
The National Institutes of Health reminds motorcyclists that the small size of their two-wheeled vehicles makes them more vulnerable to accidents. A significant portion of motorcycle wrecks happen when passenger vehicle drivers fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes or turning.
As such, motorbike riders should minimize the amount of time they spend in other vehicles’ blind spots. They should also wear bright clothing and install reflectors on their riding jackets and motorbikes.
- Less Protection in the Event of a Crash
Motorcycles offer no protection to riders in the event of a crash. Even when riders wear the proper safety equipment, they are vulnerable to severe injuries.
- Less Stability
Due to their two-wheel design, motorcycles are less stable than passenger vehicles. This makes them more challenging to control when braking and cornering.
- Encourages High-Risk Behavior
Motorcycles offer rapid acceleration and a nimble way to skirt traffic. These qualities encourage drivers to engage in high-risk behavior.
- More Challenging to Drive
Operating any motor vehicle requires in-depth training and the driver’s full attention, but motorcycles are particularly challenging to ride. They are less stable than passenger vehicles, and slight changes in weight distribution can have devastating consequences.
If you were injured by a negligent or reckless motorist in Texas, contact The Robson Law Firm. An Austin accident attorney will gather evidence, talk to witnesses and help you avoid mistakes during the claims process. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free consultation.