Since motorcycles present smaller and lower profiles on the road, they’re less visible than passenger cars in traffic. Drivers and passengers of motorcycles have no enclosure around them to protect them. They don’t have seat belts or air bags either. Anybody on a motorcycle is vulnerable to serious injuries even with a light impact.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the number of deaths per mile traveled by motorcycle was 26 times the number of deaths traveled in passenger cars. In 2013, there were 4,668 motorcycle accident fatalities. There was a significant drop in 2014, when 4,586 people were killed, but there was also a significant rise in motorcycle accident injuries from 2013 when about 88,000 people were injured and 2014 when about 92,000 were injured.
The efficacy of helmets | RI motorcycle accident attorney
It’s quite common for fatally injured motorcyclists to die from head injuries. Only 19 states and the District of Columbia have helmet laws though. As per the IIHS, helmet use prevents about 37 percent of all deaths and about 67 percent of all traumatic brain injuries.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Rhode Island
The failure of other drivers to see motorcyclists in traffic is the largest cause of bike accidents. Either the motorcycle was never seen, or it was too late to avoid a collision after the other driver saw it. This is particularly true in head on collisions and when other vehicles are making left turns. Other common motorcycle accident scenarios involve:
- Lane splitting
- Dangerous driving like excessive speed, distracted or fatigued driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Driving too fast for traffic or weather conditions
Common RI motorcycle accident injuries in Providence
Bike crashes in East providence are quick and violent occurrences. The overwhelming majority of them result in injuries or deaths. Upon impact, most motorcyclists are thrown from their bikes. It’s not unusual for them to strike stationary objects before coming to rest on the ground. Aside from head and neck injuries that predominate, other common motorcycle crash injuries include but aren’t limited to:
- Traumatic spinal cord injuries
- Hip and leg fractures
- Spinal fractures and disc herniations
- Shoulder, arm and hand fractures and dislocations
- Severe cuts, scrapes and bruises
Yes, some motorcycle accidents in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations are attributable to the negligence of motorcyclists, but most of the time, other people using the roadway just don’t see them. Awareness is warranted by both motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles on the road. If you were injured in a RI motorcycle accident then contact a Rhode island motorcycle accident attorney.