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Your unique position as a motorcycle rider

| Mar 3, 2017 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Imagine riding down the road, the wind in your hair, the sun shining bright, and the wide expanse of freedom stretching into the horizon. This is exactly what puts you in a unique position. Unfortunately, it also exposes you to dangers that people driving cars do not experience. For example, there is no protective barrier separating you from the road other than your riding leathers. In addition, drivers may not only have difficulty seeing you, they might also have problems anticipating your actions.

In general, automobile drivers are on the lookout for other drivers, not motorcycles, which make you almost invisible. The fact is that you could suffer a very serious injury if you are ever involved in an accident with an automobile. If this happens, it is important you understand your rights.

Be aware of the risks

On average, in two-thirds of accidents that involve a motorcycle and a car, the driver caused the accident by not adhering to right-of-way laws. In addition, motorcycle riders are approximately 26 times more likely to die in an accident versus someone in a car. Since 1999, motorcycle fatalities have more than doubled.

Problems you might face

Keep in mind that while riding a motorcycle, you are a smaller visual target. This means that it very easy for you to be obscured by another vehicle while riding down the road, or even blocked from view by a light post while stopped at an intersection. Furthermore, you are more easily obscured by bad weather or road conditions.

Road hazards can be much more dangerous for you than a car. Hitting a pothole wrong, or an oil slick, puddle, debris, or other obstruction on the road can have severe consequences.

Staying safe

Since riding a motorcycle requires a high level of skill and coordination, it is vital that you are properly trained. Many accidents result from a lack of experience on the part of the rider. You can avoid this by taking a motorcycle safety course. Even a refresher course once and a while can help you keep your riding skills sharp.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to understand your options for recovery. Contact a local Kentucky personal injury attorney for advice on handling your claim. Having the right person on your side can ensure you have the time to focus on healing from your injuries.

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