Accidents between motorcycles and larger vehicles are not uncommon. In Tennessee and other states throughout the nation, collisions between motorcycles and cars, trucks and vans create pain and suffering for those victims who are affected. This post will examine some key statistics related to American motorcycle accidents that show just how common and deadly they can be.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 88,000 motorcyclists were hurt in vehicle accidents during the 2013 calendar year. Some 4,668 motorcyclists died in vehicle accidents during that same period of time and per mile traveled motorcyclists were 26 times more likely to die in vehicle crashes than individuals in passenger-styled vehicles.
Like other motorists, motorcyclists are required to abide by the rules of the road when they are operating their vehicles. They must obey traffic signage and signals, they must follow speed limits and they must conduct themselves in a safe and reasonable manner. Motorcyclists have unique responsibilities as well, with many jurisdictions requiring that they hold special licenses and abide by helmet laws when they are on the road.
While the failure of motorcyclists to follow mandatory laws does lead to some accidents, the failure of vehicle drivers to see and yield to motorcyclists contribute to too many of the deadly incidents that occur each year on American roads. When motorcyclists are harmed in accidents with other vehicles, it is possible for the injured parties to seek compensation for his or her damages. Motorcyclists who are hurt due to the negligent or reckless conduct of other drivers may be able to recover their accident-related medical bills, lost wages and compensation for their pain and suffering from having to endure the challenges of experiencing a motorcycle accident.