Motorcycles Riders: Threatened not Threats

Motorcyclists getting involved in motorcycle accidents are exposed to greater and more serious injuries due to lack of protective covering that can shield and protect their bodies in the event of collision. According to the website of Goings Law Frim, LLC, the number of motorcycle accidents in the United States reaches about 100,000 annually and about half of this amount is caused by drunk riders who either have no license or whose licenses have been revoked.

More than riders bumping or colliding with still objects, like a concrete support structure or a telephone pole (a case of single vehicle accident), most accidents involving motorcycles are multiple-vehicle accidents, that is, accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle which could be a car, a van or a truck. In such types of road crashes, it is the driver of the other vehicle who is found to be at fault due to his or her failure to consider the riders’ right of way or due to his or her careless act of making sudden turns or abrupt lane changes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, impinging on the motorcyclist’s right of way accounts to more than 60% of the crashes, which usually occur at intersections. And the severity of the injury is always affected by the following factors: size of the motorcycle, collision speed, amount of alcohol consumed and absence of gears for protection; such that as the speed increases, the injury becomes worse. Also, studies show that majority of the accidents happened during intended short trips, like to a friend’s house, a shopping mall, place of recreation or entertainment or other forms of errands, very shortly after the rider has left his or her site of origin.

Studies also reveal that:

  • Riding in rural areas or on dirt roads is more accident-free, even if you travel fast, compared to a ride in the city
  • Those who easily and usually get involved in accidents are those who were just taught to ride by friends or family or who tried to learn personally
  • Drinking and riding are never a good combination
  • Wearing a headlamp at night or bright-colored shirts, for high visibility, during the day lessened the chances of accidents
  • Those who received formal rider training were much less involved in accidents, while those who got involved had lesser or less serious injuries

A multiple-vehicle motorcycle accident is always dangerous regardless of the vehicle that hits you. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. He or she will be able to effectively guide you through this difficult and stressful time. In such a situation, you will be more concerned with the physical and emotional damage caused. The legalities of compensation shouldn’t be your main concern.

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The Necessity of having a Personal Injury Lawyer in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident

Going for a leisure ride around town on your bike can be a relaxing experience after a stressful day or week on the job. Riding your bike to work or to wherever you intend to go can also be less stressful since it will be quicker to go around traffic.

Motorcycles continue to grow famous in the US and the rest of the world, especially to adolescents and young adults. It is the fastest, yet cheapest, way to work, to the grocery or convenient store or any other place. Motorbikes are easy to maneuver, light and easy to drive and (some) can even run as fast as cars. You also get the advantage of “cool factor” while riding your bike. Other bikers will respect you and want you to join them to hang out.

Such advantages of motorbikes, however, can also very well serve as disadvantages since their capability to drive past even through congested traffic easily puts them in danger of getting hit by heavier vehicles whose drivers may fail to notice their approach. And, worse, since riders have almost no bodily protection other than the helmet, the injury they can sustain, in the event of an accident, are almost always serious.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that there are about 3, 500 motorcycle accidents in the US every year. Half of the number of the accidents involves riders who are drunk and the accident is usually collision with immobile objects, such as a telephone pole or a concrete structure. In the case of multiple-vehicle accidents collision may be between a motorcycle and a van, truck or (most commonly) car. Records reveal that liability in multiple-vehicle accidents is more often than not blamed on the other vehicle’s driver who may have failed to consider the biker’s right of way or who may have made a sudden, careless turn or abrupt lane change without checking first for a possible approaching vehicle.

Motorcycle accidents have not only caused severe injuries; these have also claimed the lives of so many riders. Sometimes too it is hard to determine who really caused the accident right after it occurs, or that even if the one at fault is obviously the other driver, the amount of compensation he/she would offer is much lower than what you legally ought to receive. Having a Massachusetts personal injury attorney there to defend your rights and fight for your interests would be a great boon at this time. A lawyer’s skills can help motorcycle accident victims build a case that is compelling and has a chance of receiving compensation from the party responsible for the injury.

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How to Prevent a Motorcycle Crash

There is always something in the news about vehicular accidents, but a motorcycle crash report almost always involves a fatality. A motorcycle is particularly vulnerable on the road because of its inherent instability, the speed at which it can travel, its size and weight comparative to other vehicle types, and the lack of protective shielding for its rider, according to personal injury lawyer, Ali Mokaram. And yet because it is a fast, economical and convenient way to travel, more and more people are opting for motorcycles as their preferred mode of transportation, especially those above 125 cc.

Tips on Avoiding a Motorcycle Crash

Be conspicuous. Motorcycle riders have a tendency to wear dark clothing and safety gear because they don’t show dirt so easily and they look cool. But for safety’s sake it is better to opt for something bright or fluorescent so that you can easily be seen by motorists, especially at night. If you really like black, at least have chrome fittings on your ride, and turn on your lights even in daytime.

Avoid weaving. Because motorcycles are so maneuverable, it is tempting to dart in and out of moving traffic to gain the advantage in traffic. But not all motorists signal when they turn, and not all look before changing lanes. Even if they do, by the time they see you it may be too late. As much as possible, stick to one lane, and choose the lane with the least number of vehicles.

Keep distance. Avoid getting too close to other vehicles, especially if you are on the highway. Larger vehicles tend to suck you in as they pass by at high speeds, and there doesn’t have to be any actual contact for you to lose your balance or get flicked off the road like a fly. Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and your sides.

Be defensive. In a head-on motorcycle crash, the bike rider is sure to come off worse. So if you want to keep on riding, be defensive when crossing intersections and rounding a blind curve by slowing down..

It is in the interest of anybody who is sharing the road with motorcyclists to observe some safety rules to prevent a motorcycle crash. So if motorcycle riders would take care of their side of the problem, motorists will do the same.

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