What’s Worse? Truck vs. Motorcycle Accidents

While all motor vehicle accidents can be considered serious, few have the same type of impact on those involved like truck and motorcycle accidents. These often involve one vehicle that is much bigger than the other and may result in catastrophic damages.

Which one is considered worse, though? Unfortunately, both can result in significant amounts of damages, including wrongful death, when negligence is involved. Here are some of the stats regarding both motorcycle and truck accidents.

Fatality Rates In Motorcycle Accidents

Riders of motorcycles often enjoy the freedom they experience while on a motorcycle on the road. Unfortunately, it’s this same freedom that often results in serious harm or in fatalities when involved in a serious accident.

In 2016, there were a total of 5,286 fatalities involving motorcyclists. This was an increase over previous years: 5,029 in 2015 and 4,594 in 2014. This can be a result of the rider not wearing a helmet or a crash in which the rider is ejected from their motorcycle.

Fatality Rates In Truck Accidents

Across the nation, we rely on large commercial trucks to transport goods from one place to another. And while a majority of truck drivers are safe in their operation, there are some who can cause serious harm because of their negligence.

In 2017, there were 4,102 total deaths in crashes involving large commercial trucks. This includes 2,797 passenger vehicle occupants, 683 large truck occupants, and 580 other individuals including motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

Unfortunately, both types of accidents can lead to the worst-case scenario: a wrongful death. Many situations involve the negligence of one party and that party should be held fully accountable for the damages they have caused.

At Hare Wynn, we are aware of the serious nature of a wrongful death case and what it means for the family of those lost. We put our skills, experience, and knowledge on your side to help you seek the most favorable outcome possible in your wrongful death matter.

Contact us at 800-568-5330 today for a free consultation to better understand your rights.

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