Accidents involving motorcyclists and any other vehicle generally occur due to the lack of attention paid to the motorcyclist by the other driver. Oftentimes, the motorcyclist may have the right of way, but is overlooked due to being less visible to drivers. The following are a few keys factors to remember when driving on the road.
Motorcycle Safety: Breaking Things Down
One reason why motorcycle accidents are so common is due to the fact they are not only less stable than cars, but less visible as well. These factors, coupled with their traditionally high performance capabilities mean there is rarely no such thing as a “mild” motorcycle accident. Oftentimes, the consequences of even a minor incident can be devastating.
According to one recent study, in 2015, the death rate for motorcycle riders was nearly 29 times higher than those who drive traditional automobiles. A large portion of this has to do with the fact that serious head injuries are so common among motorcycle owners, which is also why proper helmet use is of critical importance. That same study revealed that not only are helmets 39% more effective when it comes to preventing motorcycle deaths, but they are also 67% more effective when it comes to preventing brain injuries during or after a collision.
True motorcycle safety therefore, becomes a two-way street. Not only do motorists have to make an effort to be better aware of motorcyclists, but motorcyclists also need to take extra precautions in terms of helmet us and lane position in an effort to mitigate risk on roadways as much as possible.
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Motorcycle accidents are certainly not unique to San Bernardino – indeed, automobile drivers all over the country need to learn how to properly share the roads with their more compact, two-wheeled counterparts. If you or a loved one has been injured in the unfortunate event of a motorcycle accident, it is important for you to know you have options available – and a partner who is willing to fight for the fair treatment and just compensation you deserve.
If you would like to find out more information about motorcycle accidents in San Bernardino, or if you have any other questions you would like to discuss with a legal professional, contact Harshbarger Law today.