The wide open plains of Oklahoma provide the perfect scenery for a long motorcycle ride. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents occur commonly in the state and make up 14% of Oklahoma’s fatal motor vehicle accidents. Motorcycle drivers remain particularly vulnerable to other drivers making poor decisions on the highway.
Causes of accidents
More than half of all motorcycle accidents occur because another driver failed to see the motorcycle. Motorcyclists should always use their signals and lights while driving and never drive in another vehicle’s blind spot to reduce the chances of an accident.
Other common causes of a motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Failure to yield
- Poor weather conditions
- Construction and other road hazards
- Drunk driving
Motorcycle accidents can result in a variety of personal injuries. Due to the nature of the accident, many of these injuries may require long-term medical treatment.
Common injuries that occur as a result of a motorcycle accident include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bone fractures
- Rashes and burns
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck and back pain
After an accident
You may struggle to function and think clearly after a motorcycle accident. However, it would be best if you tried to remain calm enough to take the following steps:
- Gather any evidence, including names of possible witnesses
- Move your away from the flow of traffic
- Keep your safety gear on
- Call the police to file a report
- Seek medical attention
- Contact your insurance company
Never admit to any fault and do not apologize to anyone. Even if the other driver expresses sympathy for your condition, do not say anything that could be used as an admission of fault against you.
Motorcycles do not offer the type of protection to drivers that other motor vehicles do. As a result, victims of motorcycle accidents may deal with life-long medical and therapy bills. Always obey traffic laws while on your motorcycle to reduce your chances of having an accident.