Oh, for the thrill of riding a motorcycle! Feeling the wind rushing pass you, delighting in the absolute freedom of an open motorcycle ride, as opposed to being shut inside a car; who wouldn’t want to ride a motorcycle? But not everything is all nice and fluffy when it comes to motorcycle riding. Indeed, because motorcycles are wide open, they offer little to no protection to their riders. Every year, thousands of people are killed and injured in motorcycle accidents.
But here’s the interesting part: according to statistics, only one-fourth of all motorcycle accidents do not involve another vehicle; three-fourths of them do. And of these motorcycle accidents that do involve another vehicle, two-thirds are the fault of the driver of the other vehicle, not of the motorcycle rider.
Hostile action by the driver of the larger vehicle accounted for a very small percentage of these accidents; most of them were caused because the driver of the larger vehicle failed to give the motorcycle driver the right of way as required by law.
In truth, it is not rare for motorists of larger vehicles to totally miss the motorcycle and its driver. Because of the motorcycle’s size, drivers often fail to notice it, and therefore fail to give it its right of way. That, however, is no excuse. Driving a car warrants a certain sense of responsibility, and although motorcycle riders must do all they can to make themselves as conspicuous as possible, other drivers must take the proper precautions when hitting the road.
If you have been the victim of another driver’s negligence, your next step is to contact us. We will assess your case and represent you as only we can.