Risks Associated with Motorcycles
Motorcycles are particularly dangerous for a number of reasons. There are more risk factors when driving a motorcycle rather than a car, as it takes more coordination to operate and provides less protection during a crash. Motorcycle drivers are more prone to getting in a serious accident, but they may deserve compensation for their injuries if they were not driving negligently.
- When choosing to operate a motorcycle over a car, you are 5 times more likely to be injured, and 26 times more likely to be killed if a crash does occur.
- Since 1999, the rate of accidents for most modes of transportation has decreased. However, the rate of motorcycle accidents has doubled.
- Of all motorcycle/car collisions, two thirds were caused by the driver of the car’s inability to see the motorcycle and give its driver the right of way.
Problems Drivers Face
Motorcycle drivers face additional obstacles that a car driver does not experience. These obstacles include the following:
- Vision issues – Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles, making them much harder to see, especially during inclement weather.
- Hazardous roads – While a car has no trouble with most road conditions, motorcycle crashes can be triggered by anything from potholes to train tracks.
- Wobbling – When traveling at high speeds, motorcycles are known to be thrown off balance due to a wobbling front tire. This defect is common and can cause accidents.
- Experience – It takes a lot of practice and experience to safely and confidently operate a motorcycle.
The risks associated with driving a motorcycle are important to consider before selecting one as your mode of transportation. Being aware of hazards, defects, and taking proper precautions can drastically reduce your risk of an accident. However, motorcycle related injuries and deaths remain far too common. If you or a loved one were injured or killed due to a motorcycle accident, contact a San Antonio personal injury attorney at the Chris Mayo Law Firm by calling (210) 999-9999 to discuss your possible right to compensation.