Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Baton Rouge
The prevalence of Baton Rouge motorcycle accidents is much higher when taking into consideration the total number of motorcycles compared to cars. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 56 out of every 100,000 registered motorcycles was involved in a fatal accident, while only 9 out of every 100,000 cars were involved in fatal crashes as of 2013. The number of motorcycle fatalities has decreased by roughly 2% in the past year, with an estimated 8.4 million motorcycles on U.S. reaches each year.
Motorcycle riders are at much more risk of being in an accident or being severely injury than other drivers on the roads. Most accidents are the result of other driver’s mistakes, either not seeing the motorcycle or assuming they are going to do something that they aren’t.
Over 50% of all motorcycle fatalities will include a motorcycle and another vehicle. Over 78% of all crashes involving motorcycles are head-on collisions, which has a high rate of death for the motorcycle riders.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
Over 40% of all collision accidents happen when another vehicle is making a left-hand turn and hits the motorcycle. This type of accident is also very common for accidents between two cars as well.
Motorcycles Lane Splitting
A good amount of people who are not motorcycle riders may have seen a motorcycle rider lane split. Lane splitting is when the driver is between two lanes, usually during a traffic jam. This maneuver puts the motorcycle in closer proximity with other cars than usual, reduces their area to move or react and many drivers may not expect the motorcycle to pass them during this situation.
Drivers Speeding & Alcohol Use
Over half of all reported accidents involving an individual motorcycle are caused by alcohol use or speeding. This is another example of a cause that is true for other cars on the roads as well. Since a motorcycle doesn’t have the protection a car provides, drinking and driving or speeding are much more deadly when riding a motorcycle.
One of the biggest issues when discussing accidents involving motorcycles is the lack of awareness drivers and motorcyclists have for one another. Staying focused and aware of your surroundings can dramatically decrease the chances of being involved in a crash. Checking blind spots and not assuming the other person is going to do something are also ways to be safer for everyone.
Types of Baton Rouge Car and Motorcycle Cases
If you have been hit from behind in a car accident, you are not alone. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accident. They are also the most common cause of whiplash, a painful and potentially disabling neck and back injury.
A head-on collision is the type of car accident most likely to result in death. Head-on collisions account for about 2 percent of car accidents but cause about 10 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.
A rollover accident, in which a car tips over onto its side or roof, is a dangerous car crash. Rollover accidents have a higher fatality rate than other car accidents. If you or a loved one has survived a rollover, your injuries are likely to be serious, but you may be lucky to be alive.
The driver who caused your car accident may have had something entirely different from driving on their mind at the time of the wreck. We’ve all seen examples of distracted driving: cell phone use behind the wheel, texting while driving, turning to deal with kids, applying makeup or shaving, fiddling with the radio, etc.
Distracted driving is multitasking at its potentially deadly worst. When a car accident has been caused by a distracted driver, those who have been injured or lost a loved one deserve swift and sure compensation for their losses.
It should come as no surprise that intersections are the scenes of many car accidents. Multiple streams of traffic cross and turn in front of each other. When drivers don’t pay attention at intersections, crashes are often the result.
As you may expect, the increased speeds allowed on Louisiana interstates and highways result in more destructive crashes when car accidents occur. When high-speed highway accidents happen in heavy traffic, multiple vehicles may become involved, resulting in pileups that damage many cars and injure or kill multiple people.
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