• Are Motorcyclists More Likely to Pass Away in a Crash?
  • August 10, 2018 | Author: Daniel J. Callahan
  • Law Firm: Callahan & Blaine A Professional Law Corporation - Santa Ana Office
  • Everyone who travels in any type of vehicle faces a number of risks and may find their lives completely upended following a traffic collision. However, some people may be especially vulnerable with respect to some of the traffic collision consequences, such as the loss of life and devastating injuries. Those who ride a motorcycle, for example, are more exposed in comparison to those driving a large truck or a small car. Moreover, when they are involved in a collision, they may be more likely to lose their lives.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, data on fatal traffic accidents during 2014 shows that motorcyclist deaths took place 27 times more often than the deaths of those who were driving other types of vehicles. Over the course of 2014, more than 4,500 motorcyclists lost their lives in these wrecks and many were under the influence of alcohol and/or not wearing a helmet that was approved by the Department of Transportation.

    Not all fatal motorcycle crashes involve alcohol or failure to wear a proper helmet, however. Motorcyclists may be struck by a reckless driver who is speeding or using their phone behind the wheel, among many other areas of concern. Motorcyclists can take advantage of certain strategies to reduce the chances of a crash, such as wearing reflective clothing, but they will always face risks on the road. In the event that a negligent driver causes a motorcycle crash, they should be held fully responsible for all of the pain and suffering they have brought on.