Broadside collisions often occur at intersections as a result of a driver’s failure to observe a traffic light, stop sign, or right of way procedure. This can result in a collision where the side of a vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle, which is why a broadside accident is often referred to as a “T-bone collision” as the cars involved form a T shape.
When a motorcyclist is involved in a broadside accident the risk of injury and death becomes more likely than some other forms of collisions. Motorcyclist deaths due to a multi-vehicle crash, like a broadside accident, account for almost 20 percent more deaths compared to single vehicle crashes.
Broadside collisions are frequently caused by the negligence of other drivers. Motorists of other vehicles are at fault for over half of multi-vehicle collisions involving motorcycles. This can occur because of distracted driving or because of a driver’s failure to observe blind spots. Motorists approaching an intersection often proceed even though their view of oncoming traffic is impaired. Drivers too frequently do not give intersections the proper amount of time for decision making, which causes these accidents.
All too often other motorists driving carelessly fail to see motorcyclists on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHSTA”) sponsored the Share the Road campaign in May 2016 in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Share the Road Campaign reminds all drivers that motorcyclists have the same rights and privileges of other motor vehicles on the road. The NHSTA encourages other drivers to keep an out for motorcyclists and safely share the road with fellow commuters. Motorists are instructed to ensure that motorcyclists are given the same distance as other vehicles, a full lane, although they are smaller vehicles they require the same space as a car to maneuver safely.
The likelihood of a motorcycle collision increases during the warmer months from May to September. Motorists should exercise extreme caution during the summer, as the likelihood of encountering motorcyclists is much higher. Sixty-two percent of motorcyclists’ deaths in 2014 occurred during these warmer months, with fatalities reaching a high in June.
Injuries Caused by Broadside Motorcycle Accidents
The air on your face as you cruise down the open road may be liberating, but the exposure motorcycles create can lead to devastating injuries and even death. The likelihood of death when riding a motorcycle involved in a crash is 26 times higher compared to those involved in a crash while in a car. Serious head injuries as well as brain trauma is also more likely among bikers.
On average more than 2,500 motorcyclists die in traffic collisions. In 2014 crashes involving motorcycles in Illinois accounted for 13.7 percent of the state’s fatal accidents. In total, 2,693 motorcyclists were injured in 2014 while another 957 riders experienced debilitating injuries and 118 riders were tragically killed.
Given their high-speed capabilities and minimal occupant protection, motorcycles are among the most hazardous highway vehicles and motorcycle accidents have one of the highest crash costs.
A study reviewing medical costs of those involved in motorcycle accidents showed that on average, initial medical bills and treatment costs can range anywhere from $3,000 to over $30,000. When a motorcyclist suffers from head trauma these costs can exceed $40,000. These figures only represent initial hospital and emergency costs and fail to take into account additional follow up treatment, rehabilitative care, and subsequent surgeries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a broadside motorcycle accident and are facing extensive medical costs contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. to get the help you deserve.
Avoiding Motorcycle Collisions in Illinois
Although Chicago law does not require motorcyclists or their passengers to wear protective headgear, both the NHTSA and medical professionals highly recommend the use of helmets designed for safety to decrease the odds of head and brain injuries in the event of a crash. Wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death. Helmets are believed to have saved the lives of 1,630 motorcyclists in 2014, but estimates indicate that another 715 lives could have been saved if helmets were worn by those riders. The decision to wear a helmet can save a life, yet in 2015 the use of helmets compliant with Department of Transportation regulations was only at 64 percent. An additional number of riders wear novelty helmets or helmets that are not designed to function at Department of Transportation safety standards.
As motorcycles are smaller vehicles they are often hard to see, especially at night. Motorcyclists are encouraged to always use proper hand and turn signals whenever changing lanes or turning. Riders are also encouraged to wear brightly colored clothing and use reflective tape to help increase visibility.
Despite one’s best efforts the roadway is a dangerous place and collisions can occur even when exercising the utmost caution. If you or a loved one have been a victim of a broadside motorcycle accident due to another’s negligence you may have the right to receive compensation.
The motorcycle accident lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. frequently represent motorcyclists and their passengers who are injured in accidents, or the loved ones of motorcyclists and passengers who have been killed, by negligent drivers. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, or if a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Chicago, Cook County, or elsewhere in Illinois, contact the Chicago motorcycle accident attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. toll-free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO (529-2442), locally at (312) 924-7575 or online for a free case consultation without obligation.
If a broadside motorcycle accident left you injured, call Abels & Annes, P.C. today toll free at (855) LAW-CHICAGO for a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation.
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