A motorcycle racer, and Florida native, Bill Warner died yesterday in a motorcycle crash in Maine. This accident happened at a major motorcycle land-speed event held at an old Air Force Base that closed in 1994. Mr. Warner topped at a speed of 285 miles per hour before losing control of his motorcycle. He was attempting to hit 300 miles per hour using only 1 mile of pavement. Mr. Warner’s holds the world land speed record on a conventional motorcycle at 311 miles per hour, clocked in 2011 on 1.5 miles of pavement, on the very same track where he was later killed. There were more than 400 spectators in attendance when Mr. Warner crashed. Afterwards, the remainder of the event was cancelled. For more information, go here.
Although Mr. Warner’s passing is tragic, he was willfully travelling at extremely dangerous speeds. However, motorcycles can still be dangerous at much lower speeds. Most dangerous accident involve another vehicle. Almost 50% of all motorcycle accident involving other vehicles are fatal to the motorcyclist. Motorcycles do not offer the same protection that a car or truck does, there is no metal frame around the rider, there are no airbags, and there are no seatbelts. Also, motorcycles are much smaller than cars. In fact, 75% of all motorcycle accidents, involving other cars, happen because the motorist failed to see the motorcycle.
The type and extent of injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident vary widely because they depend on the facts of the underlying accident and other circumstances. Head injuries are by far the most common, and the most deadly. The risk of sustaining a head injury is reduced by wearing a helmet. Although a helmet will not always prevent an injury entirely, it can prevent a head injury from being much worse or even fatal. In fact, wearing a helmet reduces the risk of a fatality in a motorcycle accident by 37%. It is also common to injure ones joints in their elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and wrists. These areas are especially vulnerable because it is human nature for one to try to break their fall by using their arms and legs. Road rash damages to skin and muscle tissue is also a common injury.
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are very serious. In addition to their ability to be deadly, they can paralyze, permanently cripple, and even permanently disfigure the human body. Even relatively minor accidents, can cause injuries that can keep people from working for extended period of time. These injuries take their toll on the both one’s body and on one’s bank account. They can seriously hinder a person’s ability to provide for themselves and their families. An experienced auto accident attorney can’t take away the pain suffered in an accident, but they help you minimize the impact that that pain has on your life and your family.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident that involved a car or truck you may be entitled to recover for your losses. This is why you need to contact an experienced Clearwater Motorcycle injury attorney at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. Initial consultations are both free and confidential. Call us today at 727-451-6900.