Motorcycle accidents cause many deaths and injuries each year. The rate of motorcycle accidents has increased over the years. Also, motorcycle accidents have a much higher chance of causing fatal consequences than any other automobile accident. Hence, it is necessary to understand the problem, find out what causes underlie it, and take proper measures to avoid it.
A report given by the National Highway Traffic Administration states that between 1975 and 1999, motorcycle accidents claimed 38,000 lives. Findings from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, or FARS, state that high alcohol levels were present in the blood of many motorcyclists who were fatally injured. Besides alcohol, it revealed that undivided roadways, rural roads, speed, lack of helmet use, and driving at night, among other factors, remain associated with the increasing number of fatalities today. Negligence on the part of the motorcyclist also leads to accidents or collisions. So does improper breaking or turning at corners of roads.
Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be quite confusing and chaotic. Accident laws differ from one state to the other. For example, some states require actual ‘contact’ with another vehicle to enable us to claim from an uninsured policy. Such diversity makes it very difficult to know what to do in case of trouble.
Accident attorneys are the best people to turn to after an accident. Most of the attorneys provide free consultation and work on a contingency basis, which means that they only take a fee after an award has been rewarded in the case.
Accident attorneys specialize in such cases and have the specialized knowledge and experience to deal such situations effectively. They collect and record relevant information that can be useful later, and interview witnesses, deal with the insurance companies, and fill out essential forms, such as the car accident report form for the insurance company and accident report form for department of motor vehicles.
It’s indeed unfortunate that motorcycle accidents have increased over the years. Again, motorcyclists are more prone to die in accidents than those in motor cars. Knowledge and precaution on the part of all motorists and motorcyclists is a must for reducing the accidents and saving valuable lives.