Everyday, motorcyclists in California and elsewhere take to the road. While some riders use their bikes as a main source of transportation, others may only use their motorcycle to go out on sporadic rides. Nonetheless, it does not matter how frequent one rides or how long one travels on a motorcycle, there are many risks associated with riding these small motor vehicles. One major concern is distracted drivers failing to see a motorcyclist traveling near them.
What are major culprits of motorcycle accidents? While the goal is to reduce serious and fatal motorcycle accidents by constantly reminding motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclists, the unfortunate reality is that these crashes remain prevalent in society. While current statistics indicate that the rate of fatal motorcycle crashes has declined 5.6% from 2016 to 2017, this declining rate does not mean these accidents are not an issue on the roadways.
Failing to check blind spots and mirrors contribute to a large amount of motorcycle crashes. Additionally, failing to yield to the right-of-way motorcyclists is a major cause of serious and fatal crashed. Lastly, when motorists are distracted or under the influence of alcohol, this always increases the risk of a crash.
While the negligence of other motorists is a major cause of motorcycle crashes, it is important to note that there are growing issues that might mean motorcyclists are also contributing to the ongoing concerning rate of motorcycle crashes. This includes driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol and distractions. It was also noted that there is an aging population of die-hard bikers. A person's ability to safely operate a motorcycle could diminish with old age; thus, creating a risk for accidents.
A motorcycle accident can be one of the most serious types of automobile collision on the roadways. Thus, those harmed in a crash should understand their rights. A victim may be able to seek legal recourses through a personal injury action. And in matters where a victim is killed in a crash, loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death action for the losses suffered.