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Risks causing motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | May 11, 2018 | Motorcycle Accidents |

With spring weather in full swing, it is likely that motorists will spot more and more motorcyclists on the roadways over the next several months. While motorcyclists are likely to travel even when the weather is cooler, motorists are more aware of the influx of bikers during the summer months. Nonetheless, not all drivers take the time to properly check for motorcyclists traveling nearby. Many say that it is not enough to double check but rather more efficient to triple check one’s surroundings for motorcyclists before making a lane change, turn or entering traffic. Failure to do so could result in a serious or even fatal motorcycle crash.

The risks associated with riding a motorcycle are not always apparent. According to current data, roughly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle with that driver of the other vehicle causing the crash by violating the motorcyclist’s right of way. A motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries in a crash when compared to those traveling in a passenger vehicle. A motorcyclist is five times as likely to be injured when compared to passenger vehicle occupants. Over the past two decades, the rate for motorcycle accidents has nearly doubled in the timeframe.

The major risk faced by motorcyclists is visual recognition. This emphasizes the fact that motorcycles are much smaller than other motor vehicles, making it hard for them to be seen. Other vehicles, road conditions and weather might obscure them. An obscured view is especially an issue at intersections. This is where roughly 70 percent of motorcycle-vehicle collisions occur.

Following a motorcycle crash, it is important to understand how the crash occurred and how best to overcome the harms suffered. This can help a victim obtain answers, helping them in a pursuit of a personal injury action. This legal claim could help with the recovery of compensation, covering losses and damages suffered from the crash.