One of the most dangerous types of vehicle-related accidents is the motorcycle accident. Motorcycle accidents are capable of causing extreme, often life-threatening or fatal injuries as motorcyclists have very little to protect themselves physically. Unlike vehicles which offer numerous safety features, including seatbelts, air bags and child safety restraints, the only protection motorcyclists have are their helmets, and the clothing they are wearing. This lack of protection makes motorcyclists more susceptible to sustaining any number of traumatic injuries when they are involved in an accident.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 1.2 million people were treated for non-fatal motorcycle-related injuries between 2001 and 2008, with more than 34,000 being killed in a motorcycle accident. As more and more people turn to motorcycles as a fast and efficient form of transportation, this number will likely increase. By taking certain safety precautions, including wearing a well-constructed helmet, maintaining safe speeds, exercising caution when traveling in hazardous areas or conditions, avoiding tailgating, and paying close attention to drivers around you, you will be able to help minimize the possibility of being involved in a motorcycle accident. Even so, the unexpected can occur, and unfortunately, often does.
It may be assumed that when a motorcycle-involved accident occurs that the rider is at fault. Statistics do not support this idea. There are many circumstances beyond your control which could very easily cause you to become the victim of a motorcycle accident. Distracted driving, reckless driving, drivers following too closely behind you, drivers failing to give you the right of way, unexpected lane changes or any other type of negligent behavior, could lead to a serious or deadly injury accident. Our firm is here to help. We will provide you with the skilled legal representation you need to address the issue of full compensation for damages, to establish liability and all other legal matters associated with the injury accident.
If you have sustained traumatic injuries in a motorcycle accident due to no fault of your own, contact a Rhode Island personal injury lawyer at D'Alessandro & Wright, LLC today for immediate assistance.