Motorcyclists share roads with other vehicles, and they have the same rights as other drivers injured in an accident on the road.
Whether you enjoy motorcycle riding for recreational reasons or you simply prefer to use a motorcycle as your mode of daily transportation, you must be aware of dangers on the road.
No matter how cautiously you, as a motorcyclist may ride, few things can prepare you for the impending damages that can be caused by another negligent driver in a car, truck, or worse, a big-rig.
Most motorcycle accidents are not caused by the motorcyclist, but by other drivers or factors, such as:
- Distracted or inattentive drivers
- Texting while behind the wheel
- Drivers under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Speeding, tailgating, road rage, or other reckless driving behaviors
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Cars making left-hand turns and not paying attention
- Changing lanes without properly checking to make sure a motorcyclist isn’t near by
Without the protection of a car surrounding the driver, a motorcycle rider is exposed and at an increased risk of injury compared to riders of other vehicles. Making your motorcycle stand out or be more conspicuous, for example, by turning on your headlights or wearing high-visibility yellow, orange, or bright red jackets, may help decrease your chances of an accident.
And, because of all of the dangers involved in riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet that meets safety standards is very important. Recent studies indicate that wearing a helmet reduces the incidence of motorcycle brain injuries by 41 to 69 percent. However, sometimes, even with the best protection, motorcycle riders can suffer serious injuries to the brain and even death.
Injuries, such as severe burns, fractures, amputations, broken bones, road rash, and brain and spinal cord injuries can result in disfigurement, permanent nerve damage, and life-long disabilities.
Did you hear about the 23-year old man who was killed when his motorcycle collided with an automobile? He was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges were filed against the other driver.
My sincere condolences go out to the family of this young victim at this tragic time.
The negligence of other drivers on the road can seriously injure or kill a motorcycle rider, such as in this particular accident. Drivers who are negligent and injure or kill a motorcycle rider need to be held accountable for their actions.
In some cases, negligence may fall on a repair shop or the manufacturer of a faulty motorcycle part, such as a leaky gas tank, faulty tires, defective brakes, etc.
If you or someone you love is seriously injured or if your loved one is killed in a motorcycle accident, you may feel incredibly overwhelmed with all of the resulting legal complications. In addition, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seek the legal representation of a New Jersey Personal Injury & Accident Law Firm to get a clear understanding of all the options available to you.
It is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who will help you seek compensation for your injuries, suffering or your loss. After all, you deserve to focus on your own recovery and healing.