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Where motorcycle accidents often occur and injuries that result

Among all different types of motorists, motorcyclists are the most vulnerable of all. This is because, unlike car drivers, bikers don't have the luxury of using a seat belt or enjoy the protection of the outer shell of a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as more and more motorcyclists get out on the road each year, their accident rates increase.

Among one of the factors that is most commonly seen as contributing to motorcycle accidents is the lack of visibility on the motorcyclist's part. In fact, it accounts for more than 60 percent of all fatal motorcycle crashes.

At the same time, a lack of visibility of a motorcyclist by other drivers is also a problem. More than 70 percent of all motorcycle crashes occur in or around intersections. Most of these can be attributed to the fact that the motorcyclist were not seen by the other driver.

Another common cause of motorcycle accidents includes weather hazards or heavy traffic. This is because motorcycles have a limited ability to both brake and steer. Making fast, evasive moves necessary to get out of the way of a potentially negligent vehicle is not as easily accomplished as it would seem. Drunk or inattentive drivers or those who are driving recklessly have been shown to put motorcyclists' lives at risk.

If involved in an accident, a motorcyclist that is dressed in protective clothing and wearing a helmet has a stronger change of mitigating some degree of injury than those who do not. For those who ride unprotected in any way, the minor injuries they face include broken bones or cuts.

Bikers have a higher propensity to suffer not just one, but several fractures, damage to their soft tissues and a serious case of road rash. Worse of all, though, motorcyclists that are struck run the risk of suffering head trauma.

This type of injury occurs when the motorcyclist's head either comes in contact with a highway, another car or the bike itself. Brain injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents have the potential to have profound impacts on an individual's life in that they require long-term rehabilitation and care.

A skilled Waco motorcycle accident attorney can provide guidance on how to go about recovering damages necessary to pay for this type of expensive care.

Source: FindLaw.com, "The unseen danger for motorcyclists," accessed May 10, 2017

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