Perhaps you bought a motorcycle to enjoy the wind at your back and maybe to save some money on gas despite the obvious safety concerns. You know that riding a motorcycle comes with certain risks. You don't have the added safety of a vehicle's cabin to protect you from an impact.
Even if you wear a helmet, that doesn't necessarily protect you from suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Slamming into the road can cause broken bones, road rash and spinal cord injuries. In fact, you could even lose your life. In many instances, the driver of a passenger or commercial vehicle causes the crash.
Do they even know you're there?
The simple fact is that other vehicles outnumber motorcycles on the roads. Most drivers focus on vehicles with four wheels or more because they represent the vast majority on the roadways. This means that they aren't spending enough time watching out for you on your motorcycle. The most common reasons that drivers fail to see motorcycles include the following:
- Drivers can easily become distracted.
- The smaller size of motorcycles makes them harder to see.
- Motorcycles often end up in another vehicle's blind spot.
- Other vehicles may obstruct a driver's ability to see you.
- Drivers often fail to anticipate what a motorcyclist will do next.
These factors may have led to a significant amount of motorcycle riders and passengers suffering 88,000 injuries and 4,976 deaths in 2015, according to the National Safety Council. The unfortunate truth is that no less than 80 percent of crashes involving motorcycles result in some severity of injury or death.
Do they assume you're at fault?
Even though statistics show that other drivers cause most motorcycle accidents, you face stigmas that can be a challenge to overcome. The old adage that one bad apple can spoil the bunch applies when it comes to how other drivers view motorcyclists. In many cases, others assume you caused the accident simply because you rode a motorcycle.
For this reason alone, it may be in your best interest to make use of local legal resources as you pursue the compensation you deserve in an accident caused by another driver. Providing the appropriate evidence that your injuries resulted from another driver's negligence or recklessness could mean an award of damages that covers the financial losses you sustained. Understanding what evidence to provide and knowing how to present it could make all the difference.