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The Reality of a Motorcycle-Automobile Crash

With more than seven million motorcyclists on America’s roadways, the number of accidents and fatalities will naturally increase. There were more than 5,000 motorcycle fatalities in 2007 — an all-time high, although the average is 4,000 per year. Motorcyclists who collide with a passenger vehicle or truck are approximately 40 times more likely to die than those in the larger, more protected vehicle.

While the driver and passengers inside a standard vehicle or a larger commercial truck are afforded the protection of being surrounding by metal and steel as well as airbags and safety belts, the motorcyclist has no such protection. Other than a motorcycle helmet and leathers, the motorcyclist has virtually no protection whatsoever in the event of a collision with a vehicle. Further, motorcyclists are much more difficult to be seen by those in passenger vehicles, particularly if the driver is distracted.

Drivers today are subject to a myriad of distractions, including cell phone use, adjusting the radio or GPS, eating, disciplining the children in the back seat, talking to other passengers or simply “zoning out” on a route which is driven on a regular basis. In many cases, drivers back out of a driveway or parking lot without properly checking to see if a motorcyclist is in the vicinity. Many motorcyclists are hit in intersections as the driver of a automobile may either turn left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist or change lanes unexpectedly, sideswiping the motorcycle rider.

Road hazards that may barely register with a passenger car, can be dangerous or even deadly for a motorcyclist. An uneven roadway, a pothole, debris in the road or inclement weather can all cause serious motorcycle crashes. The attorneys at Shim & Chang are experienced in all types of motorcycle, moped and bicycle crashes. Let their experience help you with your claim.

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