All drivers face vulnerability when they get behind the wheel, but motorcyclists face unique and extreme dangers. Though it is a favorite American pastime, riding motorcycles has also caused far too many riders to become victims of driver negligence. If you are injured on your motorcycle at the hands of a reckless driver, it is important to understand your rights and seek legal representation immediately.
Motorcycle Safety Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,976 people lost their lives in 2015, a figure that rose a full 8.3 percent from its 2014 data. Many more motorcyclists were injured in the same year, totalling 88,000. This means that motorcyclists are about 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile driven, and five times more likely to sustain an injury.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcyclists and vehicles must share the road together, but this creates inherent dangers. In fact, more than half of motorcycle accident deaths occur in crashes that involve motorcycles and other vehicles. The majority of such deaths result from cars striking motorcycles from the front in head-on collisions. Cars making left turns are also major dangers to motorcyclists. It is all too likely that a car will strike a motorcycle when it is going through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car.
Seeking Legal Support
While some motorcyclists cause their own accidents by speeding or drinking, the many motorcyclists who are victims of negligent vehicle driving can pursue legal recourse with the help of experienced attorneys like the team at Catania and Catania in Tampa, Florida.
Catania and Catania represents motorcycle crash victims to help them recover the most compensation possible after a crash. If you are a motorcycle accident victim yourself, don’t just accept your insurance company’s settlement. Catania and Catania can work on your side to prove the other driver’s negligence and either negotiate a higher settlement with the insurance company or take your case to trial.
Working with an attorney makes it possible to fight for enough compensation to cover everything from medical bills and lost income to mental anguish, pain and suffering, burial expenses, and loss of companionship. Call 1-800-253-5523 now to schedule your free motorcycle accident case evaluation with Catania and Catania in Tampa, Florida.