Motorcycle Accidents Can Lead To Grievous Injuries

Motorcycles can provide exciting adventures. But like anything else, there are risks associated. In fact, motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to injury because they are more exposed to the open air and are sometimes overlooked by other drivers.

At David Butts Law Firm, we can help you obtain compensation for an injury, no matter how serious. If your accident was caused in full or in part by someone's negligence, you have a right to hold the negligent party accountable. Attorney David Butts is a motorcyclist himself, and he understands the unique dangers that motorcycles face on the road.

You're Not Alone: Understanding Motorcycle Injury Statistics

According to the National Safety Council, 4,976 motorcycle riders and passengers died in crashes in 2016; an additional 88,000 people suffered nonfatal injuries on motorcycles.

Additionally, the highest injury and death rate is found among 20- to 24-year-olds, followed by the 25- to 29-year-old age group. The Centers for Disease Control And Prevention reports the following statistics concerning injury by primary body part:

  • 30 percent leg or foot
  • 22 percent head or neck
  • 20 percent upper torso
  • 18 percent arm or hand
  • 8 percent lower torso

Approximately 75 percent of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with an automobile. Drivers frequently fail to see motorcycles in traffic and this is the leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Intersections are common places for collisions with motorcycles. Interestingly, weather plays a role in less than 2 percent of all motorcycle accident cases.

Tips To Avoid A Motorcycle Injury

When riding a motorcycle, there are important steps you can take to ensure that you are as safe as possible.

  1. Wear a helmet.
  2. Never drink and ride.
  3. Wear protective clothing that provides injury protection in a crash.
  4. Maintain a safe speed and proceed with caution when traveling over gravel or slippery surfaces.
  5. Avoid tailgating other motorcycles, cars or trucks.
  6. Take the motorcycle safety course and brush up on your rules of the road.
  7. Avoid distractions, including cellphones and music.
  8. Leave space between yourself and other vehicles.
  9. Educate passengers on these rules and appropriate conduct while on the motorcycle.
  10. Ride within your skills. Develop your skills before taking on difficult roads like highways and interstates.

Learn More About Your Legal Options After A Motorcycle Accident

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, contact David Butts Law Firm today. If you'd like to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in our Tupelo, Mississippi, office, call 662-269-5451 or send us an email. A team member will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your case.