Riding a motorcycle can be a free, exhilarating experience. Many motorcyclists drive simply for the enjoyment of the open road and taking in the sights of the beautiful state of Alaska. These rides, though, can be risky when other drivers are not as attentive as they could be. For motorcyclists, accidents can be especially dangerous as they lack the enclosed protection of a car and often suffer more severe injuries. Additionally, recovery can be more challenging as they deal with both serious physical injury and unique obstacles in pursuing a legal claim.
Common Causes of Alaska Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are the result of a variety of conditions. Whether they are not seen by another driver or purposely ignored, some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Car failure to yield. Especially when facing a left-hand turn, cars should yield to oncoming vehicles. Whether other drivers simply don’t see a motorcycle, misjudge its speed, or expect the smaller vehicle to yield, cars often turn into the path of an approaching motorcycle.
- Roads in disrepair. Motorcycles are less stable than cars, and they are more susceptible to difficulties when navigating less-than-ideal roads. Patches of gravel, mud, or sand, as well as pot holes, can lead to a crash.
- Blind spots. Given their smaller size, motorcycles can be more difficult for other drivers to spot, especially when changing lanes. When a motorcyclist finds himself in another vehicle’s blind spot, he is in an especially risky position.
- Alcohol. Alcohol is a common factor in many vehicle accidents, and motorcycle accidents are no different. More than ¼ of all fatal motorcycle accidents involve alcohol use.
While these are some of the most common causes, motorcycle accidents occur for many reasons, and drivers who fail to uphold their duty to behave safely behind the wheel in any manner can be held accountable.
Motorcyclists Do Face Unique Challenges After a Crash
Accident victims in Alaska do have a right to obtain medical care and compensation, but it can be a more challenging process for motorcyclists. While no concrete statistics are available, many riders and their attorneys report a bias from drivers on the road, law enforcement, and others. The stereotype of a biker can be difficult to overcome—often a rush to judgment is made that unfairly assigns blame to the motorcyclist.
Due to this perception, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side after a crash, especially if you have suffered serious injury. Motorcyclists often suffer more severe injuries than drivers and passengers in other types of vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that per mile traveled, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely than occupants of a car to be killed in a crash. This can mean that those involved in accidents require serious, sometimes long-term care. The medical treatment and compensation obtained in an injury claim can make a significant difference in your life and the lives of those you love.
If you have suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, Anchorage attorney Ben Crittenden can help you understand your rights and ensure that they are protected as fully as possible. Call his office today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch directly with Ben and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.