POSTED BY Tracy . May 30, 2020
There Are Always Two Sides to a Motorcycle Accident Case.
May is MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH. With COVID cabin fever and the warmer weather, it’s time to remind everyone to be on the alert and to share the road with motorcyclists. Riders who have been cooped up all winter are excited to be out on the road again, but that shouldn’t stop them from using caution.
However, that’s only half the story. Motorists interested only in four-wheeled vehicles still have a major responsibility in keeping motorcyclists safe on the road.
In recognition of National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the National Safety Council reminds riders – and drivers – to do their part.
Some of the risks unique to motorcycle riding include:
- Less visibility to cars. Because motorcycles are smaller and more easily hidden by objects on or off the road, cars are less likely to see them, especially at intersections.
- Road hazards. Things that have little effect on a car, like debris, uneven road surfaces, small objects or wet pavement, can cause a motorcycle to crash.
- No barrier between rider and road. Unlike passengers in a car, bikers are not protected by a container of metal. Motorcycles also don’t have seatbelts, and most don’t have airbags (although manufacturers have recently introduced airbags into some models). Wearing a motorcycle helmet can offer some protection to bikers, and motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets are more likely to die in an accident than those that do.
- Less stability. Vehicles with two wheels are less stable than those with four, especially during emergency braking and swerving. Also, some motorcycle accidents are caused by front wheel “wobble” that can occur at high speeds.
- Skill level and difficulty. Riding a motorcycle requires more skills than driving a car. Unskilled riders account for a disproportionate number of motorcycle accidents. In 2001, more than one quarter of all motorcyclists killed in crashes did not have a proper motorcycle license.
- High-risk behavior. Lighter and more powerful motorcycles such as sport and super sport bikes can encourage speeding, fast accelerating and other high-risk behavior.
However, it does not mean you are at fault. If you have had a motorcycle accident, you may have a Personal Injury case. Please take the right steps. If conscious, exchange information with the driver and call the police. Take pictures. But always go to the ER for an examination. This will play an important role in your health and case. Lastly, do not settle with insurance. Contact the Personal Injury experts at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law. All consultations are free. An experienced lawyer is your best chance to receive a fair settlement and pay your medical expenses. Contact us at 877.526.3457 or jandils.com.