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What risks do motorcyclists face on the roadways?

In our previous blog post, we discussed a case in which a motorcyclist was killed because of another driver's actions. That story was a tragedy, but it is also a reminder that riding a motorcycle essentially puts the biker at the mercy of other drivers on the roadways. Because motorcycles are open, the motorcyclist is more prone to injuries if there is an accident. The biker might be thrown from the bike or face direct hits that a person in a car, pickup truck, van or SUV wouldn't face.

What are the risks that motorcyclists face on the roadways?

The most dangerous challenge for motorcyclists is the low profile of the bike. Since motorcycles are so small, the motorcycles are easily hidden by weather conditions, road conditions or other vehicles. Motorcyclists also have to be aware of how the motorcycle is reacting to the speed at which it is being driven because some motorcycles might develop a wobble. Road hazards, such as gravel or oil on the roadways, can also cause problems for motorcyclists.

Why are other drivers a danger to motorcyclists?

Other drivers on the roadway are a danger to motorcyclists because the other drivers tend to not pay attention for motorcycles. In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving a second vehicle, the driver of the vehicle causes the accident by violating the biker's right of way.

Sadly, bikers can't control many of the factors that can lead to an accident. When an accident that isn't the biker's fault does occur, the biker might decide to seek compensation for his or her injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed Oct. 23, 2015

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