Are Motorcycle Accidents, Injuries, and Fatalities Preventable?
At MLG Injury, our Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida motorcycle accident attorneys know, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, that while 20% of passenger vehicle crashes result in injury or death, an astounding 80% of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death.
Tragically, many of these motorcycle accidents, injuries, and fatalities could have been prevented.
Here are the most common causes of preventable motorcycle accidents across the southeast states, where riders can use our roadways nearly year-round.
Passenger Vehicles Violating Motorcyclists’ Right of Way
There are a lot of biases aimed at motorcyclists, including the idea that they all drive recklessly with little regard for the traffic around them.
The reality is, motorists do a poor job of sharing the roadways with riders, and often avoid looking for motorcyclists traveling nearby, or negligently making left turns in front of riders, causing them to be ejected from their bikes.
Others intentionally block or impede a motorcyclist’s movements, which is more than negligent, but also illegal.
Motorists often claim they “did not see” a motorcyclist traveling nearby before an accident occurs. While each of these drivers owes all motorists — motorcycle riders included — a duty of care to check their entire surroundings, it is certainly going to be impossible to avoid a rider if the driver is looking down at their phone, or not paying attention at all.
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
In all states, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. When drivers get behind the wheel while they are impaired by alcohol or drugs, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicycles, and others on our roadways can get hurt or killed.
Each of these three negligent actions causes motorcycle accidents throughout the U.S. that are preventable. Together, drivers could save thousands of lives each year by obeying laws and taking the time necessary to ensure they are operating their vehicles with the duty of care required to keep all motorists safe.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured or Killed in a Motorcycle Accident Caused by Negligence?
Contact our skilled Florida, Mississippi, or Louisiana motorcycle accident attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the negligent driver liable for your full financial recovery. Contact our Florida personal injury attorneys for more legal help regarding your motorcycle accident.