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 Pohl & Berk, LLP, 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annually and about half of this amount is caused by drunk riders who either have no license or whose licenses have been revoked.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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