Motorcycle Safety and Accidents: Know Your Rights

Lever & Ecker, PLLC September 21, 2012 Car Accidents

To some drivers, nothing is quite like riding on a motorcycle. The experience allows you to truly experience the open road, including fresh breezes (and the occasional bugs, too). Still, other drivers don’t regard motorcycles as real vehicles—this is why some car and truck operators are careless about watching for motorcyclists on the road.

Operating a motorcycle is statistically more dangerous than driving a car. According to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, 35 fatal motorcycle crashes occur every 100 million travel miles compared with 1.7 fatal accidents for cars. There are ways you can help protect yourself in the event of a motorcycle crash, including:

Wearing a helmet (preferably a DOT-approved version)
Wearing protective clothing
Choosing clothing in bright colors
Following all traffic laws
Despite taking all the necessary safety precautions, however, motorcyclists still end up in traffic accidents that occur out of no fault of their own. A driver of a car or truck might carelessly weave through traffic, or fail to look at his or her blind spot. Regardless of the exact causes, motorcycle crashes still occur out of the fault of others, and it simply isn’t fair.

Motorcycle crash victims often die, leaving their families to pick up the pieces. Other victims sustain such significant injuries that they require long-term medical care. If either of these situations applies to you or a loved one, you should know that the law is on your side in such matters. An attorney can help you get the justice you deserve in a tragic motorcycle accident.

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