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Speeding is a leading cause of thousands of motor vehicle accidents yearly. The risk is even higher for motorcycle riders with less protection and stability than passenger vehicles. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding contributes to 32% of fatal motorcycle crashes yearly.

In comparison, speeding is responsible for 18% of fatal passenger car accidents and 14% and 17% of small and large truck accidents, respectively.

You could pursue damages against the at-fault driver or rider if you were injured in a speeding motorcycle accident.

Our experienced attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help you file a personal injury claim against responsible parties and recover fair financial compensation.

Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation.

Speeding Motorcycle Accident

Why Are Motorcyclists at a Higher Risk of Accidents?

Motorcycle riders are more susceptible [1] to severe injuries and property damage than occupants of other vehicles, primarily due to the following:

  • Less Protection: A motorcycle lacks the safety features of a car, such as seatbelts, airbags, and the cabin. Hence, motorcyclists are more vulnerable to severe injuries in accidents. 
  • Small Size: Motorcycles are less visible on the road than larger vehicles, making them more prone to accidents. The size of a motorcycle also increases the risk of getting crushed or running off the road during a collision.
  • Less Stability: A motorcycle can be more difficult to control while speeding and in poor weather conditions. Even the most experienced riders risk losing control when environmental hazards (e.g., rain, snow, ice, road debris) are present.

How Many Motorcycle Crashes Are Caused by Speeding?

NHTSA [2] provides data on how speeding affects fatal motorcycle accidents.

In 2020:

  • 5,579 motorcyclists were killed in accidents, accounting for 14% of all traffic accidents
  • 34% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were speeding, higher than car and truck drivers
  • Riders between 25 and 29 years old had the highest involvement in fatal speeding-related motorcycle accidents

How Does Speeding Affect Motorcycle Accidents?

Speeding [3] is a dangerous activity regardless of the vehicle. However, the risk is significantly higher for riders with less protection and stability on the road.

So, how does speeding affect motorcycle accidents?

  • Reduced Reaction Time: When driving at high speeds, a motorist has less time to react to potential hazards and sudden dangers on the road. For instance, a speeding motorcyclist may not have enough time to avoid crashing into a car merging into their lane. There is a high risk of crashing into obstacles or swerving dangerously to avoid them.
  • Insufficient Stopping Distance: Speeding increases the necessary stopping distance. If motorcyclists drive beyond the speed limit, they are likelier to struggle to make a complete stop to avoid an obstacle.
  • Losing Control: The faster you drive, the harder it is to control a vehicle. The risk of losing control is higher for motorcycle riders with less stability than passenger cars. A speeding motorcycle can start to shake or drift at high speeds and quickly cause a crash.
  • Dangerous Driving Behaviors: Speeding can lead to other negligent driving behaviors, such as weaving through traffic, cutting off other motorists, or running red lights.

Other Contributing Factors in Speeding Motorcycle Accidents

Speeding is a major contributor to most motorcycle accidents.

However, there are other contributing factors, such as:

  • Left-hand turns
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Failure to yield
  • Lane-splitting
  • Unsecured cargo
  • Overtaking

These risky behaviors can lead to a higher motorcycle accident risk and, consequently, more significant injuries, damages, and death.

Common Motorcycle Crash Injuries

Motorcycle accidents can lead to severe and potentially life-threatening injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries: A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a significant jolt or blow to the head causes the brain to bounce inside the skull. Common TBIs include concussions, brain hemorrhages, and contusions (brain bruises). Severe TBIs can be fatal or cause permanent brain damage.
  • Neck Injuries: Blunt force trauma to the neck can lead to more severe injuries, such as cervical fractures. Less extreme but painful neck injuries include whiplash and neck sprains.
  • Fractures: The lack of protection on a motorcycle increases the risk of broken bones, ranging from minor breaks to complex or open fractures.
  • Internal Injuries: Severe trauma to the body can damage underlying organs, blood vessels, and arteries, leading to internal bleeding. Internal bleeding is considered a medical emergency and can be fatal when left untreated.
  • Road Rash: A motorcyclist can suffer road rash if they get ejected from their bike or slide on the road while still on the bike. This injury occurs when the skin gets scraped off by hard or abrasive surfaces, such as concrete or gravel.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: A significant impact on the spine can damage the vertebrae and surrounding nerves, increasing the risk of paralysis.
  • Lacerations and Bruises: Cuts and bruises are common injuries in motorcycle accidents. While usually minor, these injuries can still cause significant pain and discomfort.

What if You Are Partially Responsible for the Accident?

If your motorcycle crash was caused by someone else and they are 100% at fault, the negligent party could be liable for all damages incurred.

But what if you also committed a traffic violation that played a role in the accident?

States follow different rules regarding the comparative fault.

Some states allow motorcycle accident victims to seek compensation even if they are partially to blame, while others do not. 

In Illinois, you can file a claim against the other driver if you are less than 50% at fault for the crash.

The attending police officer at the accident scene will determine if speeding was a contributing factor and which driver had the most responsibility for the accident.

A personal injury lawyer can help you explore your legal options if your speeding contributed to the accident.

Filing a Motorcycle Accident Claim

You could be entitled to financial compensation if you were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence.

An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you pursue damages against the other party through a personal injury claim and recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Ongoing medical care (e.g., physical therapy)
  • Disability costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Wrongful death
  • Punitive damages

Your claim will likely go to the other driver’s auto insurance company or personal liability insurance provider.

You may be able to file a lawsuit if the other driver or insurance company refuses to pay fair compensation.

Seek Help from an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Among the most common traffic violations, speeding is the most dangerous and causes the most sustained injuries and motorcycle fatalities yearly.

When a person drives beyond the speed limit, they immediately put other drivers at risk of an accident.

Speeding is preventable. Unfortunately, many drivers maintain this behavior despite the known risks.

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, we can help you seek justice.

The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC attorneys will ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your damages and hold the other motorist accountable.

Contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 for a free consultation.

All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team will remain private under an attorney-client relationship. 

Our lawyers handle all accepted motorcycle accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you don’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your case.

Resources: [1] NIH, [2] NHTSA, [3] NHTSA

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