Motorcycle Accidents: Basics You Need to Know
We live in a world where most of us are after what’s more convenient. Take motorcycles for instance. Some people prefer having motorcycles than cars for the following reasons:
*They consume less space.
*They are more fuel-efficient.
*They cost less.
*They can get you to your destination faster.
*They rarely get stuck in traffic.
Motorcyclists know how important it is for them to be heard and seen on the road, considering the size of their vehicles and how they may fit into other vehicles’ blind spots.
However, motorcycle accidents happen. Motorcyclists, unfortunately, are vulnerable to serious injuries when these accidents occur. Some studies have shown that the force of impact when a motorcyclist is thrown to into a solid object or the ground at high speeds is the same at low speeds. In 2014, the CBC reported on a record-setting wave of motorcycle fatalities. It was stated that according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents could hit a seven-year high.
Common injuries are extensive – second and third degree burns from the exhaust or engine, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma, broken bones, and organ damage. Studies have also shown that fractures to the pelvis and wrists of motorcyclists are also common. Motorcyclists are inclined to use their hands to protect their faces when falling off their bikes, leaving the wrists and hands as well as the exposed hip and pelvic areas vulnerable to injury.
What should be done in motorcycle accidents?
The most important thing is to keep calm. It is definitely easier said than done, but you have to remember that a motorcycle accident is also a legal case. First and foremost, call for the authorities – the police and paramedics.
While waiting for the authorities to come, it is important to keep your eyes to details. Take photos of the scene with your mobile phone – your motorcycle as well as the other vehicles involved. It’s also important to take note of any surveillance cameras nearby, traffic signs or signals, helmets (your own and other motorcyclists’). Do not, in any case, alter the scene.
Do not forget to take the names and contact information of the people involved – victims and witnesses. You may also take note of any verbal expression of guilt such as, “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you.”
It is always better to take necessary precautions to avoid motorcycle accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, keep in mind that you have to know your rights. These rights should be protected with the help of experienced lawyers. Contact our office at 1.855.905.9222 if you need legal assistance.