Motorcycle accidents are often tragic, resulting in catastrophic or even deadly injuries. Life can change in the blink of an eye after a motorcycle collision for both the victim and their family members. There are many things you can do to prevent injuries, such as wearing a helmet and protective clothing. Does the motorcycle you choose to ride also have an impact on your risk of getting involved in an accident? The answer may surprise you.
Supersport Bikes — Rad or Risky?
Supersport motorcycles look sleek and ride smooth. They can be a lot of fun to ride, however, it’s important to carefully consider the differences between supersport bikes and cruiser-style motorcycles before riding.
Low Weight, High Horsepower
A supersport bike has a high horsepower-to-weight ratio. The frame of this type of motorcycle is designed for competitive racing, meaning that the bike is both light and fast. Some supersport motorcycles can reach speeds up to 150 mph in seconds.
Supersport Bike Accident Stats
In 2010, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study that compared fatality rates between cruiser-style bikes and supersport bikes. It was discovered that even though supersport bikes are the smallest segment of registered motorcycles in the U.S., the number of fatalities associated with this type of motorcycle was much higher. Compared to cruiser-style motorcycles, supersport bikes at four times as many fatalities per 10,000 registered riders.
Who Is Liable in a Supersport Motorcycle Accident?
The two most common liable parties in supersport bike collisions are the motorcycle manufacturer and negligent drivers. Negligent drivers that share the road with motorcyclists often fail to maintain awareness of motorcycles around them or may even exhibit aggressive driving behavior around motorcycles.
Motorcycle manufacturers may be held liable for accidents that cause injury or death in cases where the supersport bike was found to be defective and the defect directly contributed towards the accident, or in cases where no adequate warning regarding the horsepower to weight ratio existed.
Do You Need a Florida Motorcycle Crash Attorney?
If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you’re likely facing a lot of challenges right now, including financial, emotional, and physical. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you move forward after an accident by advocating for the full and fair compensation you deserve. Contact the Slonaker Law Firm, LLC today to learn more or to schedule a free case consultation at (352) 629-6656.