Motorcycle accidents are far more dangerous than car accidents in Minnesota and throughout the country because of several factors. First, motorcyclists are less visible to other drivers than they would be within a full-sized car. Less visibility equals a higher likelihood of a driver running into a motorcyclist. Also, motorcycles offer far less protection for the rider than what vehicles typically offer to a driver.
Cars have more safety features
Cars are built with safety in mind. Vehicles are constructed so that they do not crush the people inside in the event of an accident. Conversely, motorcyclists usually only have a helmet as protection. There are no airbags or seat belts to hold them down.
In addition, the wheel of a motorcycle has far more sensitivity than what most cars have. With a tighter wheel, it is easier to steer off of the road and into a car or other object.
Motorcycles are more difficult to brake
Another common issue that comes with motorcycles is a lower brake capacity. The braking system inside of cars is far more advanced with some cars having the capability to break as soon as the system senses an object nearby, be it a human or car. With a motorcycle, even after the motorcycle rider applies the brakes, the motorcycle can lose control and collide.
If you get into a motorcycle accident, you are much more likely to be seriously injured. These injuries can include head injuries, brain injuries or fatal damage. Even injuries sustained on a motorcycle that seem less severe, such as sliding on the road, still require immediate medical attention.
If you or a loved one has recently been in a motorcycle accident, contact a personal injury attorney for further help. You may need assistance pursuing compensation for your injuries.