There are various hazards you need to watch out for if you ride a motorcycle. From inclement weather to drunk drivers, motorcyclists continue to find themselves involved in crashes that cause them to suffer serious injuries and lose their lives. Moreover, it is important to understand how prevalent these collisions are.
In comparison to those riding in passenger vehicles, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable when accidents occur. Even if you wear a helmet and focus on safety every time you take to the road, a reckless driver could turn your life upside down.
Looking at the number of motorcycle collisions
According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, more than 3,500 motorcycle collisions occurred across the state during 2019, while 276,549 passenger vehicle accidents took place. Among these motorcycle collisions, 184 proved fatal and more than 2,700 resulted in injuries. During 2018, 168 motorcyclists lost their lives in traffic accidents.
Reviewing the impact of motorcycle crashes
Even though more motor vehicle accidents involve passenger vehicles in comparison to motorcycles, when motorcyclists find themselves involved in a crash they have an especially high chance of sustaining an injury or dying. Accidents involving high speeds and intoxicated drivers are particularly concerning and many drivers cause motorcycle collisions because they lose focus due to their phones.
Motorcycle collisions disrupt many facets of a victim’s life. If you have difficulty paying medical costs, making up for lost wages or dealing with the emotional consequences of an accident, you need to explore your recovery options. Moreover, if a negligent driver caused the accident, you should hold them accountable.