Motorcyclists deserve to be able to enjoy the open road without being placed in unnecessary danger. Because they’re on a vehicle that doesn’t have a protective frame around them, they’re at an increased risk of suffering serious injuries if they’re struck by another vehicle.
While many people try to place the blame on motorcyclists for crashes, it’s often the other motorist whose actions cause the wreck. All drivers must take the time to ensure they’re driving safely to minimize the risk of a crash that can cause catastrophic injuries.
Motorcycle versus vehicle crashes
In an overwhelming two-thirds of crashes that involve a motorcycle and another vehicle, the other driver opted to violate the motorcyclist’s right of way. In these cases, there is likely little to nothing that the motorcyclist could do to prevent the crash because there might not have been an evasive maneuver that the motorcyclist could take.
Because of the lack of protection with a motorcycle, motorcyclists are five times more likely to suffer an injury than a person in a passenger vehicle. They’re also 26 times more likely to die. These possibilities highlight why safety is imperative for all drivers on the roadway. This includes making the extra effort to watch for motorcycles.
Anyone who’s been injured in a motorcycle crash with another vehicle should ensure they review their options for compensation. This can help to offset the cost of obtaining medical care and other financial damages directly related to the crash. California law includes time limits for getting these claims filed, so be sure that you act quickly after the crash.