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Why is distracted driving so dangerous for motorcyclists?

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2020 | Car Accidents |

While car accidents can be catastrophic for anyone, motorcyclists in Florida and around the country are particularly vulnerable to injuries and fatalities. Studies have shown that distracted driving increases the risk. Since motorcycles are so much smaller than vehicles, many people don’t spot them on the road until it’s too late. The risk is even greater if drivers are trying to text, eat, drink or tend to their children while they’re behind the wheel.

How have new laws reduced the number of motorcycle fatalities?

Many states have implemented laws that ban the use of a cellphone while driving. As a result, the number of motorcyclist fatalities in auto accidents has decreased by as much as 11% compared to states with no such laws.

While distracted driving is an important factor, it’s not the only reason that motorcyclist fatalities tend to be higher. Safety features for vehicles have improved at a much faster rate than safety features for motorcycles, so newer motorcycles aren’t much safer than older models. Motorcyclists are also more vulnerable because they don’t have a large steel vehicle to protect them in an accident.

Researchers are hopeful that studies about distracted driving will encourage people to develop safer driving habits. However, despite these findings, nine Americans die and over 1,000 are injured in distracted driving accidents every day.

How can an attorney help a victim of a car accident?

Every day, thousands of Americans are injured in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle collisions, hit-and-runs, pedestrian accidents and other highway-related catastrophes. If an individual has been the victim of a car accident, they might wish to hire an attorney. An attorney may be able to help them seek compensation for their client’s medical bills. By working with an attorney, an individual might file a claim against the other party’s insurance company or file a lawsuit if the claim is denied.