Why are Mississippi Motorcycle Accidents So Dangerous?
Unfortunately, the most serious injuries in many vehicle accidents are sustained by motorcycle riders, as even the best helmet and padding can only offer so much protection in the event of a high speed crash.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, more than 4,500 people died in motorcycle accidents in 2014, and another 92,000 suffered injuries. Overall, motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to be killed in accidents than car or truck occupants.
Obviously, not having the additional protection of a vehicle surrounding a rider is one factor in these collisions, but there are several other reasons why motorcycle accidents are particularly dangerous.
Special Risks of Operating a Motorcycle on Mississippi Roadways
While the lack of an enclosed compartment makes motorcycles dangerous, that’s not the only thing about their design that poses a risk to riders. By only using two wheels, motorcycles rely on the balance of the driver and are inherently less stable than cars. This means that even in relatively safe conditions there’s always a chance that operator error could cause an accident that would otherwise be avoided if the rider were in a car.
It’s also important to remember that motorcycles lack most of the safety features that are standard in cars and trucks today. Motorcycles do not have seatbelts or air bags. This means that any motorcycle riding at high speed puts the rider at risk of being ejected. In the event of an ejection in a car accident, this is usually a source of a very serious injury in a passenger or the driver.
The roadway itself also poses special risks to motorcyclists. Motorcycles are much, much smaller than even compact cars. It’s easy for other drivers to forget that they’re there, or otherwise have trouble seeing them. This can result in cars or trucks margining or turning into motorcycles, resulting in very serious collisions.
In addition, obstacles that car drivers can more or less ignore can be especially dangerous to someone on a motorcycle. If a car runs over a small pothole or oil slick, it will probably have no impact on how the driver is able to proceed down the road. However, if a motorcycle goes over a small pothole or oil slick, it can easily cause the operator to lose control, resulting in an accident.
Because of the unique dangers posed to motorcycles in Mississippi, it’s important that riders receive the appropriate motorcycle license from a Mississippi DMV branch, and always pay especially close attention on the road.
Dedicated Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
The injuries from a motorcycle accident can be particularly devastating because of how little protection most riders have on at the time of an accident. Because of this, a defendant in a motorcycle accident might try to put the blame on you, but just because you were riding a motorcycle, that doesn’t make you at fault in an accident. Call The Law Offices of Judy Guice or contact us online to discuss your motorcycle accident case with an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney.