The warmer months of the year are a time to enjoy the outdoors. For some, now is the best time to bring out motorcycles to spend time on the open road. Most motorcyclists are safe drivers, but their safety also depends on how other drivers operate their vehicles.
Motorcyclists are 5 times as likely as occupants of other vehicles to suffer injuries. The death rate for motorcyclists is around 26 times more than those passenger vehicle occupants. This is because the motorcyclists don’t have a protective cage around them like other vehicles.
Where are motorcyclists likely to be struck?
Motorcycles are more likely to be hit at intersections than anywhere else. This is because their small profile makes it easy for them to be hidden by obstacles on the side of the road. Drivers who are going through intersections should double-check to ensure that there aren’t any motorcycles coming before they maneuver into the intersection.
Other drivers encroaching on a motorcyclist’s right-of-way is another primary cause of crashes. This is the reason behind around two-thirds of all vehicle versus motorcycle crashes. Just because motorcycles are smaller vehicles doesn’t mean that they don’t have a right to use the roads just like other vehicles.
What should you do if you’ve been hit by a car?
When a motorcyclist is struck by another vehicle, the injuries they suffer can be catastrophic. They’ll likely have considerable financial challenges that come with the crash. Seeking compensation is beneficial if the other driver was at fault for the crash. Working with a personal injury lawyer can help injured parties to learn their options and move forward with their claims.