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Motorcycle riders are exposed to dangers not faced by automobile drivers and other motorists. The lack of any substantial protective barriers between a motorcycle and the road, as well as the difficulty that other motorists may have in seeing a motorcycle, leave riders prone to the event of an accident. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injury to the rider of the motorcycle:
- In two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the driver of the other vehicle caused the accident.
- Motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely to die in a crash than someone riding in a passenger car, and are 5 times as likely to be injured.
Some of the unique problems faced by motorcycle riders on the road include:
- Visual Recognition: Motorcycles are more likely to be obscured by other vehicles, or by road and weather conditions. This is an issue especially at intersections, where approximately 70 percent of motorcycle-versus-vehicle collisions occur.
- Road Hazards: Hazards that are minor irritations for an automobile can be a major hazard for a motorcycle rider. These include potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris or objects on the roadway, ruts, and railroad tracks.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be familiar with any relevant product liability issues or recalls involving certain motorcycle models, and can help determine whether you have a claim against the motorcycle manufacturer.
Getting Legal Help for a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the most important step in protecting your legal rights is to meet with a skilled attorney to discuss your case. Issues in your potential claim, including scene investigation and liability determinations, all require the expertise of an attorney who is experienced in the area of motorcycle accident liability. There are deadlines for filing injury claims, so contact LawyerNetwork.org to meet with an attorney and to evaluate your case as soon as possible.