What Causes Motorcycle Wrecks?
Driver error, as outlined below, usually causes motorcycle wrecks. These collisions usually cause serious injuries. The motorcycle rider fatality rate is thirty times higher than the four-wheel vehicle occupant fatality rate. Even if these victims survive, they normally sustain catastrophic and permanent injuries which affect them every day of their lives for the rest of their lives.
To improve their visibility and make riding safer, many motorcyclists ride with their headlights on, weave slightly in traffic, and/or wear bright reflective clothing. However, there’s little or no scientific evidence that these tactics are effective. Furthermore, safety shortcuts do nothing to compensate crash victims. Only a dedicated Columbus personal injury lawyer can do that.
Many tortfeasors (negligent drivers) cannot see motorcycles because their senses are impaired. Some examples include:
- Alcohol: This substance is a depressant that dulls the senses. Many people take advantage of this fact when they have a long day at the office. Impaired senses at home may be okay, but impaired senses on the road are very dangerous.
- Drugs: Marijuana is, by far, the leading cause of drugged driving. Once again, for recreational or medicinal home use, marijuana is relatively safe and probably even legal. However, it’s unsafe and illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana or any other substance.
- Fatigue: Most people don’t think about alcohol, marijuana, and drowsiness in the same breath. However, these three things have similar effects on the body and brain. In fact, driving after being awake for eighteen straight hours is like driving with a .05 BAC level. That’s above the legal limit for many Ohio motorists.
Sensory impairment is often a major factor in motorcycle wrecks. Motorcycles are much smaller than motor vehicles, and usually much slower. Drivers’ eyes are drawn to large and fast-moving objects. Small and slow objects, like motorcycles or bicycles, get overlooked.
Impaired drivers cannot see motorcycle riders and aggressive drivers often ignore them. Speeding and turning unsafely may be the two best examples.
Velocity increases the force in a wreck, according to Sir Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion. Four-wheel vehicles, with their airbags and seat belts, usually cannot absorb excessive force. A motorcycle, which is basically an engine and two wheels, is even more vulnerable.
This excessive force often leads to head injuries. When riders fall off their bikes and land hard, their brains violently slam against the insides of their skulls.
Unsafe turning is usually the biggest factor in left-turn motorcycle wrecks, which are very common in Ohio. Usually, a tortfeasor waits to turn left against traffic either at a private exit or at a traffic light. Because the tortfeasor is in such a hurry to get from Point A to Point B, the tortfeasor doesn’t see an approaching motorcycle and turns directly into the rider’s path.
A Columbus personal injury lawyer can use the ordinary negligence theory or the negligence per se shortcut to obtain compensation for aggressive driving and impaired driving crash victims. This compensation usually includes money for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Additional punitive damages may be available as well, in some extreme cases.
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Injury victims are entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in Columbus, contact the Oliver Law Office. You have a limited amount of time to act.