Posted on: 27 April 2020Share
One of the primary differences between motorcycles and other vehicles is that motorcyclists can be thrown much more easily from their bikes. Because there is less protection with a motorcycle, this can lead to much more serious injuries such as broken bones, cuts, and scrapes. If you are thrown from your motorcycle as a result of being hit by a car, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible and seek medical care.
Why Motorcyclists Are in More Danger
In some circumstances, motorcyclists can be thrown from their bikes and not actually suffer any injuries. However, in most cases, the injuries that result from motorcycle accidents are more severe than what would be experienced in a car accident. A motorcycle does not come with a seatbelt, rollbar, or airbags. These features exist in a car to keep the motorist restrained to minimize the injuries that the motorist suffers from.
When a motorcyclist is struck by a vehicle, they are usually injured immediately at the point of impact. The rider might collide with other vehicles during the accident, skid across the road, and experience road rash.
The Role of Protective Equipment
The extent of your injuries is often the result of any protective equipment that you're wearing. If you are wearing a helmet, for example, your motorcycle accident is much less likely to be fatal. A helmet comes with a hard outer shell that protects your head from colliding with other objects. The padding found in the helmet absorbs the shock of falling and hitting your head.
Wearing a helmet also reduces the risk that you'll have an accident in the first place since it allows you to hear more easily. When you are not wearing a helmet, the wind can drown out sounds and increase the odds that you won't hear a coming vehicle.
Typically, after a motorcycle accident, you will seek compensation from the insurance provider of the other motorist responsible for the accident. You'll need to gather evidence regarding how the accident occurred so you can make the strongest possible case for why you deserve compensation.
Not wearing protective equipment can have an impact on your settlement because the other party may argue that you contributed to the severity of your injuries by not wearing a helmet. Therefore, you'll want to craft a solid case for why the other motorist was primarily responsible for your injuries. Fortunately, there are motorcycle accident attorneys who are there to help.