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Motorcyclists can't always count on other drivers to drive safely

With the warmer weather, motorcycle enthusiasts are going to turn out on the roadways in droves. Other drivers on the road must pay close attention to what is going on around them so that they don't injure a motorcyclist.

Many people think that motorcyclists are always to blame for the crashes that they are involved in. This is a huge myth because motorcyclists are usually the drivers who are being safe while other drivers simply don't pay attention.

Motorcyclists don't have much protection

When you are in a motor vehicle, you have the frame and shell of the vehicle to help protect you from injuries if you are involved in an accident. Motorcyclists don't have these protections at all. When motorcyclists get into a crash, they only have their clothing and their helmet to protect them. This can mean that they suffer from horrible injuries. In fact, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in a crash than a person who is in another vehicle. These injuries can range from road rash or broken bones to concussions or spinal cord injuries.

Motorcyclists are more likely to be killed in a crash

Motorcyclists also face the risk of death when they are involved in a crash. A motorcyclist is 26 times more likely to die in a crash than a person in another vehicle. While the number of fatal crashes in other vehicles has gone down in recent years, fatal motorcycle accidents don't follow this trend. The rate of fatal motorcycle crashes has doubled since 1999.

Many crashes are caused by other drivers

The majority of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle are the fault of the other motorist. In two-thirds of the cases that involve another vehicle, the other motorist didn't yield the required right-of-way to the motorcyclist. Some speculate that this is because the motorist didn't see the motorcycle due to the small profile. Intersections are an especially troublesome place for motorcyclists since drivers might not be able to see them clearly around obstacles that are present.

Motorcyclists can seek compensation for their injuries

When a motorcyclist is injured by another motorist, the motorcyclist can opt to pursue compensation for the damages they have to deal with because of the accident. This can include seeking compensation for medical bills and related expenses. If you weren't able to work because of the injuries, you might be able to recoup some of your lost wages if your claim is successful.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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