Enjoying the California roadways on a motorcycle is something that brings smiles to many faces. The wind in your face and the feeling of freedom as you ride are amazing feelings. Even when you are enjoying the wonderful aspects of riding a motorcycle, the thought about the dangers posed by other motorists likely isn’t far from your mind.
The reason why the thought of danger is always close likely has something to do with the fact that motorcyclists are five times as likely as a car occupant and 26 times more likely to die in an accident. Even when there is only an injury, the effects of those injuries can be life-altering.
An overwhelming two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle are caused by the other driver. While other motor vehicle fatalities have declined since 1999, motorcycle fatalities have increased at an alarming rate.
When other drivers cause the accident, it is usually because the driver doesn’t see the motorcycle because of the small profile or because the bike is hidden by another object. A whopping 70 percent of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle occur at an intersection.
Besides looking out for other drivers, there are several other obstacles and issues that motorcyclists have to be vigilant about. A motorcyclist who is driving at higher speeds might fall victim to a wobble accident. These can be caused by misaligned wheels, which might indicate that a product liability lawsuit might be in order. Road hazards and difficulty adapting to those hazards can also cause motorcyclists to crash.
For motorcyclists who are injured in an accident, seeking compensation might be something to consider if the accident was caused by the other driver. Compensation can help you to pay medical bills and cover other expenses related to the crash.
Source: FindLaw, “Motorcycle Accidents: Overview,” accessed Sep. 29, 2015