May 25th 2017 by PollackSteinberg LLP in Blog

Motorcyclists’ deaths of the cause of other motorists’ negligence

It’s fun to ride a motorcycle. The first sunny days of Spring often bring with it sights of motorcycles on the nation’s roadways. Nearly every day or weekend in the warm-weather months, men and women across the country bring out their motorcycles for a day of leisurely riding. The

The hobby appears to be more popular than ever, with sales of motorcycles up nationally by 8.2 percent, according to a Los Angeles Times story. In 2015, the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, drew nearly 740,000 motorcycle riders from around the world to celebrate their love of bikes and the comradery that comes with it.

But there are dangers that come with the thrill of motorcycle riding. Motorcycles are less stable and less visible than cars, trucks and vans, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety notes. Serious head injury is common among motorcyclist injuries and fatalities, especially in states that do not have a helmet law, the group says.

The statistics are eye-opening.

In 2014, 4,586 people were killed in motorcycle crashes, a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says. That same year, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured, up 4.5 percent from 88,000 in 2013.

Ninety-two percent of motorcyclists killed in 2014 were men> Also that year, 62 percent of the accidents happened in the warmer months between May and September. They were highest in June and lowest in February.

The cause of the crashes varied. Speed, alcohol and road conditions were factors in some cases. But in others, the motorcyclist deaths and injuries were the result of the negligence of other motorists on the road. Forty-two percent of motorcyclist deaths in 2014 occurred in single-vehicle crashes, and 58 percent occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes. Those figures have stayed consistent since the 1980s.

Earlier this month, two Colorado motorcyclists were killed in a collision with a minivan while out on their bike. Police told reporters that the van turned in front of the couple, ejecting them from the motorcycles. Both were pronounced dead at a local hospital. It is unclear if criminal charges will be filed against the minivan’s driver.

In civil court, such cases are often grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit due to driver negligence. Plaintiffs can be awarded damages as a result.

If you or a family member have been hurt on your motorcycle due to another motorist’s negligence, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation. At The Fighting for People Injury Law Group of PollackSteinberg LLP, our experienced Pennsylvania and New Jersey personal injury attorneys will review your claims for free and help you hold negligent drivers and companies responsible for their actions.

To schedule your free, no-risk consultation, contact our office today by calling 800-549-4LAW (4529).

 

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