Although the warm weather has started to go away in Washington and other states across the nation, this does not mean motorcyclists are no longer seen on the roadways. In fact, motorcyclists can be seen in all months of the years, even when the weather is not pleasant. Because of this, motorists should always be aware of their surroundings and on the lookout for motorcyclists, as a motorcycle crash could occur at any time.
Based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycle deaths occur 28 times more frequently than fatalities in any other vehicle crash. The major issue with this, according to the NHTSA, is motorcycle awareness. Motorists are not taking the time to be fully aware of their surroundings. By double-checking, motorcyclists can be seen before a turn or lane change.
Although, many states require or urge motorcyclists to wear safety gear, this does not always prevent serious injuries from occurring. And, when compared to the safety features other motorists experience, they do not even compare.
A hard exterior shell and a seatbelt help keep a driver inside, preventing direct blows to the body. During a motorcycle crash, it is common for a motorcyclist to be thrown from their bike colliding with the ground, the vehicle striking them or any other object. This can result in severe and even fatal injuries.
The aftermath of a motorcycle crash can be the most severe out of any type of collision. The injuries can be catastrophic and even deadly. Because of this, those involve din a motorcycle crash should take the time to timely address the matter and protect rights. This means understand what legal recourses are available, and recovering compensation for losses and damages suffered.