There many differences between a car accident and a motorcycle accident. Here are a few examples.
The differences between a car accident and a motorcycle accident
Motorcyclists frequently experience injuries in an accident because there is no protective structure. Unlike vehicles, motorcyclists are not protected by steel barriers, seat belts, and airbags. As a result, when an accident happens, there is little protection from the surrounding environment and the risk of injury from falling on the road is increased.
Motorcycle accidents are often more severe when the cyclist is hit at a wrong turn because cars can still avoid that accident by being seen more easily or by honking before taking the turn. However though, bikes can usually come out rather suddenly and therefore these accidents at turn can be devastating. There is sometimes no time to come to the realization that there is an incoming collision and the impact proof of it.
Worsened weather can influence motorcycle accidents more so than car accidents
The weather influences the two vehicles differently- for instance, a motorcycle can slip more often during rain. However, while that may be, the traction of a car may not be as slippery and will have more protection from the rain due to windows. This will cause less distraction to a car’s driver than to a person riding a motorcycle. The rain can also make helmets wet which decreases visibility. If the helmet is taken off there is an increased risk of death.
In most states, it is required by law to have insurance for your motorcycle. However, in Florida, Montana, and Washington, it is not a legal requirement but it is still recommended to have some form of insurance. There are 8.4 million motorcycles registered in the United States which only account for 3 percent of all registered motor vehicles. Even though motorcycles make up such a small percentage, riders are 29 times more likely to be killed during a collision than people in other types of vehicles. Whether you reside in a state that has a requirement of motorcycle insurance or not, it is helpful to understand the different types of coverage that insurance companies offer before making a decision.