Motorcycle Accidents

How do I stay safe on a motorcycle?

Riding a motorcycle is both exhilarating and dangerous all at the same time. Even the most experienced riders can find themselves in a troubling situation when on a bike. Riders should do everything they can to protect themselves when operating or riding on a motorcycle. So, how does one protect themselves when riding a motorcycle?

Even though the state of Kentucky has a partial helmet law, which covers riders 20 and younger, it is still a safe idea to wear a helmet each time you get on a motorcycle. A helmet will only add increased protection to your head in the event of a crash, which can send you flying hundreds of feet into other objects.

Do your best to be seen by all other motorists when on your motorcycle.… Continue reading

Motorcycle riders are at an increased risk of injury and death

Motorcycle riders are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than people who are in other vehicles. Let that sink in for a moment and you will see why motorcycle safety and awareness are so important.

Motorcycle accidents are likely to produce very serious injuries that can impact the motorcyclist for the rest of his or her life. That is, of course, if he or she lives. Motorcyclists face a risk of death 26 times that of others on the road.

One huge risk factors for motorcyclists is other drivers. When other drivers don’t give motorcyclists the right of way that they are due, accidents can occur. In fact, failure to give motorcycles their rightful right-of-way is the cause of two-thirds of crashes involving other vehicles.… Continue reading

Black boxes are now available for motorcycles

Black boxes are traditionally associated with airplanes. However, a start-up company is trying to bring the recording power of black boxes to motorcycles. Vance and Hines have designed a black box that can plug into the computer engine of newer Harley-Davidson model bikes. The black box then transmits the data over a Bluetooth connection to a paired smartphone. Drivers then may review the information on the companion app.

The black box is a device that records all of the data from a particular machine. The black boxes are designed to survive any collision or accident. The purpose of black boxes is to allow collision analysts to reconstruct what happened prior, during, and after an accident. Usually, black boxes aren’t viewed as preventative, but Vance and Hines are hoping to change that assumption.… Continue reading

Motorcycle accident injury claims have several elements

As we discussed last week, black boxes are available for motorcycles. This development could make it easier to find out and prove what motorcyclists were doing at the time of an accident. Until these devices come standard on all bikes, bikers who are involved in accidents will still have to work to prove their cases for compensation.

We understand that you might need to spend your time focusing on working through your injuries. You might be spending your energy trying to figure out how you are going to fix or replace your motorcycle. We are here to help you learn about your legal options for seeking compensation. This could help you to afford the medical care you need and to get our bike taken care of.… Continue reading

NHTSA reviews the effectiveness of helmets

Many states, including Kentucky, have some version of mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists. But many states, including Kentucky, do not have universal helmet laws. To study the effectiveness of helmets, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), releases a series of studies that examine the effectiveness of various helmet designs, in various crash scenarios, and issue a series of opinions. This post will go over NHTSA’s findings.

The researchers examined studies 1993 to 2002. The study found that the effectiveness of motorcycle helmets increased 37 percent. The researchers estimated 7,808 additional lives compared against 5,430 estimated lives under the older-style helmets.

But, the study noted that, while motorcycle helmets safety has substantially increased, the full benefits of these advances are not being utilized.… Continue reading

Study finds helmet laws reduced TBIs in young motorcyclists

A TBI, or “traumatic brain injury,” is one of the deadliest injuries that you can sustain. TBIs are responsible for a plethora of symptoms including memory loss, nerve damage, and diminished mental faculties. What makes TBI truly scary is that the full impact of their damage may not be known for days or even weeks after the accident. As such, it is critical that the chance of you is incurring a TBI be reduced as much as possible.

To further that goal, many state governments adopts mandatory helmet laws for motorcyclists. Helmets are one of those pieces of technology that everyone knows is good for them and they should probably use it, but they don’t. Most humans are incapable of conceptualizing that terrible accident can occur to them, for most people, that “bad luck” happens to other people but that person is always too quick, smart, or clever.… Continue reading

Motorcycle accidents and helmet laws

Many states in the United States have laws that make it mandatory to wear helmets when operating a motorcycle. Motorcyclists that do not wear helmets may be thrice as likely to be involved in an accident that could result in fatal head injury. Safety is important consideration when driving and failure to follow rules may lead to serious penalties.

A motorcycle accident may result in serious injuries, permanent scarring and disability. It may also cause pain and suffering that may cause you to take days off work. The lost wages and medical expenses may be recovered if there is reason to believe the accident was caused due to negligence of another.

While severe injuries may result from accidents when safety helmets are not worn, you may still be able to file for damage recovery if the accident was not your fault.… Continue reading

Getting a defective motorcycle recalled by the manufacturer

Motorcycle accidents can be fatal for the rider, which is why the motorcycle should be free of any defects. Manufacturers try their best to make sure the motorcycles do not have any defects when shipped out to the consumer. Defects in the vehicle could lead to serious injury for the driver, and leave the manufacturer vulnerable to lawsuits. To save themselves from embarrassing situations, manufacturers recall all vehicles that show signs of a defect. The procedure to recall the product is complicated and difficult to understand.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a government organization responsible for administering vehicle recalls in case vehicles start showing defects. In case the manufacturer refuses to recall the motorcycle, the NHTSA has the right to take action against them.… Continue reading

Laws require motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times

Motorcyclists have to be careful on the road because motorcycle accidents can be fatal. It is important to make sure you have all the required safety equipment while driving a motorcycle. The most important safety gadget for motorcyclists is the helmet. A helmet might be able to protect you from fatal head and neck injuries; these injuries could result in severe injuries and even death. Most helmets are made especially to provide protection to both the head and neck region. Helmet manufacturers continue to come up with new materials and technology to make sure motorcyclists are protected from fatal injuries.

Although helmets are made for the motorcyclist’s protection, some people refuse to wear one because they feel it interferes with their driving.… Continue reading

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles under investigation for brake issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Harley-Davidson motorcycles that were sold between 2008 and 2011. The investigation specifically covers motorcycles that have the anti-lock braking system. Several riders have filed complaints with NHTSA claiming that their bikes failed to stop after they applied the brakes.

The preliminary results seem to indicate that failure to properly maintain the bike is responsible for the failure. Specifically, Harley-Davidson recommends that brake fluid should be changed every two years. The riders that reported braking problems did not conform to this repair schedule. Regardless, the NHTSA is continuing its investigation because failure to change brake fluid should not result in runaway motorcycles.

This story illustrates that accidents can be the result of multiple factors.… Continue reading