Motorcycle Accidents – Usually Due to Negligence of Other Drivers
If you’re living in a rural area, where vehicles are fewer, traffic is light and drivers seem to be more friendly and relaxed, riding your motorbike wherever you intend to go is much safer compared to the city. Despite driving along dirt roads, statistics show that there are far lesser motorcycle accidents in rural places than in suburban towns.
Motorcycles are fun to ride, besides the fact that it can take you faster to your destination. In cities, however, the safety of riders is often compromised due to traffic congestion and the fact that many motorists fail to recognize riders’ right of way. And whenever a rider figures in an accident, his/her injuries are most often severe due to the lack of protection, aside from the helmet, that ought to protect his/her body from impact.
Though it is true that many motorcycle accidents involve drunk riders, who drive straight to still objects, like a telephone pole or a concrete structure, there are more that occur due to multiple-vehicle collisions (motorcycle plus another motor vehicle), based on a research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In fact, from the average 3, 500 motorcycle accidents reported annually in the US, more than half are multiple-vehicle accidents, with impingement on motorcyclist’s right of way being the major cause. Collisions usually occur at intersections, where other motorists make a sudden turn, or along major roads, where some drivers make sudden lane changes, without first checking for possible approaching motorcycles. Thus, in the event of an accident, it is the rider who usually is the only one hurt, sustaining injuries that increase in severity based on the size of the other vehicle and the speed of both (motorcycle and the other vehicle).
Surprisingly, research also shows that majority of motorcycle accidents happen during short trips – to a convenient store or shopping mall or to a friend’s house – and quite immediately after leaving the place of origin. Also, many of those who get involved in accidents are those who tried to learn to ride personally or who were taught by kin or friends, never receiving formal training from any accredited riding school.
Being able to prove that the accident occurred due to the negligence or carelessness of the other motorist gives the rider the legal right to pursue justice and receive compensation from the liable party. The injury sustained in the accident, termed as personal injury, can cause the rider (victim) financial burden rising from medical treatment and possible loss of wages if the injury causes him/her to miss work for days.
Personal injury cases are complex and oftentimes stressful for the victim and his or her family; thus, seeking the services of a really knowledgeable, experienced and determined lawyer who will make sure that your rights are protected through the whole legal proceedings is essential. Having such a lawyer is necessary even when the liable party offers to settle out of court – to make sure that the victim is given the amount of compensation that he/she really deserves, considering present and future medical treatment and amount of wages lost.