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For many motorcycle enthusiasts, riding is the ultimate thrill, providing a sense of freedom and release that is difficult to find elsewhere. And when undertaken the right way, motorcycling can provide a lifelong hobby. As with all modes of transportation, however, motorcycling is inherently dangerous, and motorcyclists face more risks than drivers of ordinary passenger vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are roughly 28 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles. Below, we will highlight some of the unique dangers of motorcycle accidents. For more information about any topic herein, please contact a Leonardtown motorcycle accident lawyer.
Motorcyclists face a higher risk of injury and death than drivers of other vehicles because motorcycles provide none of the safety features of ordinary passenger vehicles. Safety equipment for motorcyclists is limited mainly to a helmet, boots, and protective clothing; there are no seatbelts, airbags, windshields, crumple zones, or any of the other safety features that come standard on passenger vehicles. As such, motorcyclists are exposed to the outside world to a much higher degree than occupants of other types of vehicles.
Some of the most serious injuries that motorcyclists face include:
While anyone can suffer these types of injuries in a car accident — even occupants of the safest passenger vehicles — motorcyclists face a much higher risk of dying from them.
If you or someone you loved has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident that was the result of negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. For more information, please contact a Leonardtown motorcycle accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles by calling 301-475-0101 or filling out our online form.