The summer is the most dangerous time of the year for motorcycle collisions. As warm spring and summer weather arrive, many more people use their motorcycles to commute or enjoy going on motorcycle rides for pleasure. Unfortunately, drivers may not be aware of how to be safe when motorcycles are on the road around them.
Motorcyclists face a significant risk of accidents and injuries or fatalities during the summer. If a motorcycle rider is hurt by a driver who causes an accident to occur, an Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyer can provide assistance to the victim or his family members. Unfortunately, because many motorcycle crashes are fatal, it is often families of crash victims who are forced to make wrongful death claims.
Accidents causing both injuries and fatalities could be avoided if drivers and motorcycle riders are more careful. As the summer season arrives and motorcyclists take to the road in larger numbers, now is an important time for drivers and riders to review best practices for safety.
Preventing Atlanta Motorcycle Accidents This Summer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported motorcycles made up three percent of the total number of vehicles which are registered for use in the United States in 2013. Motorcycle riders traveled .7 percent of the total vehicle miles which were traveled on U.S. roads. Unfortunately, both injury and death rates were disproportionally high considering the miles driven and the number of registered motorcycles.
Motorcycle riders accounted for four percent of total injured victims in auto accidents and accounted or 14 percent of the victims who died in traffic collisions. The death rate per registered vehicle for motorcycle riders in 2013 was six times the rate of deaths among occupants of passenger cars. Motorcyclist deaths also happened 26 times more often than deaths of people in passenger cars.
The majority of motorcycle accidents were frontal collisions, as frontal collisions accounted for 74 percent of motorcycle accidents that were classified as two vehicle crashes. The most harmful event in just over half (51 percent) of two-vehicle accidents was a collision with another car. The vast majority of all fatal motorcycle crashes, including both single vehicle accidents and accidents with other drivers, happened on weekdays.
Motorcyclists and motorists need to be aware of dangers of motorcycle accidents, especially during the warm riding months and during high risk times on weekdays. Drivers should be sure they look twice to make sure there are no motorcycle riders in their path before they make a turn or before they change lanes.
Drivers should also follow all rules for yielding the right-of-way to motorcycle riders and should pay careful attention at all times to watch for motorcycle riders on the road. Many drivers misjudge the speed of motorcycle riders, and it is better to err on the side of caution than to enter an intersection a motorcyclist is approaching or riding through. If drivers and riders are cautious this summer, hopefully deadly crashes and crashes causing serious injury can be prevented.
The Atlanta motorcycle accident lawyers at Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. can represent victims after a collision. Call today at 404-991-5950 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.