While hit-and-run accidents often involve collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles, sometimes, they involve striking motorcyclists. Instead of remaining with the injured motorcyclist, calling for medical help, and remaining at the scene of the accident, they immediately drive away. Sometimes, these injured motorcyclists succumb to their injuries and die as a result. Loved ones are often left with many questions when a tragedy like this happens, and rightfully so. After all, they want justice, and they may eventually seek legal counsel in order to get that justice in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident lawsuit.
The NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis has reported that unfortunately, fatal motorcycle accidents have increased. Two one-year periods were examined, and it was revealed that 4,594 motorcyclists were killed in accidents in one year, followed by 4,976 fatalities the next year. This is an eight percent increase that was observed nationwide. More specifically, it was revealed that in one year, 2,448 fatal motorcycle accidents involved other vehicles. It was also noted that approximately 94 percent of those killed in motorcycle accidents were operating the motorcycle, and six percent of those killed in motorcycle accidents were passengers.
Some of the following are listed as top causes of fatal motorcycle accidents:
- Collisions with motor vehicles in transport
- Frontal collisions
Because motorcycles can also be more difficult to spot on the road in comparison to larger vehicles, drivers may not see them as easily, which can result in a fatal collision. Poor road conditions and hazardous weather also play a role in serious motorcycle accidents. It has also been reported that motorcyclists were 27 times more likely than motor vehicle occupants to die in an auto collision.
With helmets reducing the risk of death by 37-42 percent, all motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to wear helmets when riding, even if state laws do not mandate helmet use. Motorcyclists can also benefit from certain types of protective clothing and gear that can help to eliminate certain types of injuries, such as abrasions and road rash if they fall off their motorcycles in the event of an accident. Although the majority of motorcyclists do take these proper precautions and protect themselves as much as they can before riding their motorcycles, the fact of the matter is, other drivers must drive safely and responsibly to avoid seriously injuring or killing motorcyclists. Neglectful and careless driving can cause a serious accident, regardless of how careful a motorcyclist is being.
If you or your loved one was injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, you are likely experiencing a wide range of emotions, which is completely understandable. It’s a unique situation because someone was the cause of this accident, but you don’t know who that person is and while law enforcement is working to find that driver, they may not. You want justice, but how can you get that justice when the person to blame is unknown and they are not in custody?
This is how your attorney is helping. Many people are surprised to learn that they may be able to pursue personal injury lawsuits in hit-and-run accidents, even when they don’t know who is responsible. These hit-and-run lawsuits are unique situations that are handled in a specific way, but you can take comfort in knowing that your attorney will try and take care of your legal options for you. It’s important to also bear in mind that these types of cases cannot be rushed, and your attorney is working to get the maximum payout and the justice that you and your family deserves. While you are waiting, a lawsuit advance may be the solution you’re looking for. Contact us today to learn more.