Each year in the United States an estimated 3 million motor vehicle collision injuries are suffered, according to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Motorists throughout the state of Georgia choose to travel in a variety of different ways.
From standard passenger vehicles to light trucks to motorcycles and even bicycles, all drivers must exercise caution in their travels of getting from one place to another.
Any traffic accident is potentially dangerous for anyone involved. However, when a car collides with a motorcycle, the likelihood of devastating injuries increases tremendously. A car and motorcycle crash is a terrible combination for a number of reasons. Accounting for factors such as size, weight, and speed, the prospective of an accident between a motorcycle and an automobile raises serious concerns for all Georgia drivers.
Causes of Car and Motorcycle Collisions
A variety of different factors may contribute to causing a car and motorcycle crash. An educated Georgia motorist is often placed in the best position to avoid a traffic accident. As such, it is important to understand the most common causes of these types of collisions to be aware of what to avoid. In fact, 11 percent of all motor vehicle crashes involve a motorcycle, highlighting the severity of these incidents.
Motorcycles are much smaller than a typical passenger vehicle and this makes them much more vulnerable on the roadways. In addition, motorcycle riders are known to travel at high speeds and often weave in and out of traffic. As a result, they become difficult to see, especially during night travel. The following are the most common causes of car and bike accidents:
- Vehicle making a right-hand turn at a busy intersection
- Failure to yield at an intersection (either the vehicle or the motorcycle)
- Tailgating drivers
- Left hand turns at a green light
While some of these crashes are unavoidable, being aware of the most common causes will help all Georgia drivers to be aware of the most dangerous driving situations. However, motorcyclists are encouraged to wear bright clothing, travel at the posted speed limit, and avoid weaving in and out of traffic to make the roadways as safe as possible.
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Car and Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Georgia law requires that all riders wear a helmet while traveling on a motorcycle. In fact, helmet use decreases the likelihood of a fatal crash by 37 percent. In addition, when compared to traveling by automobile, those who choose to travel by motorcycle are 35 times more likely to be killed in a motor vehicle collision.
As a result, it is rather common for those involved in a car and motorcycle crash to sustain some injuries. Sadly, those motorcyclists who do survive these accidents often suffer from life-threatening, sometimes permanent, bodily damages. While riders are encouraged to wear protective gear, many of the injuries from car and bike wrecks are beyond what this protective gear could prevent. The following are the most common injuries:
- Loss of Limb
- Broken Glass Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Internal Bleeding
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Skull Fractures
- Occupant Ejection Injuries
- Rib and Torso Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries