Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Over 65,000 motorcyclists are injured annually on America's streets and highways. Most often, other drivers involved in an accident with motorcycles fail to see the motorcycle at all until the moment just before impact, and sometimes not until after the motorcycle accident has actually occurred. Unfortunately, the result of this low visibility is that motorcycles are impacted from the front in the majority of motorcycle accidents. This factor, and the general lack of physical protection that a motorcycle provides its rider, make motorcyclists particularly vulnerable to injuries in accidents. In fact, a motorcycle rider or passenger is 5 times more likely to be injured in an accident than the occupant of an automobile.
Injuries Suffered from Motorcycle Accidents:
Not only are motorcyclists more often injured, they are also far more likely to suffer serious injury and permanent disability in an accident. Applying the following safety tips will reduce the possibility that you will be involved, or seriously injured, in a motorcycle accident:
Be as visible to other drivers as possible:
Most motorcycle accidents are connected to low motorcycle visibility. By keeping your headlights on during the daytime, wearing reflective gear, and equipping your bike with a fairing or windshield, you will definitely increase the likelihood that other drivers will see you.
Get proper training:
Motorcyclists who are well trained on how to ride and care for their bikes are statistically less likely to be involved in motorcycle accidents than riders who are self-taught. Training and experience may help you respond to a dangerous situation in time to avoid a collision.
Wear the right gear:
Your best protection against a serious injury in a motorcycle accident will be your helmet. Helmets for motorcyclists are like seat belts for drivers. Wearing a helmet is a simple way to reduce the likelihood that an accident you are involved in will be fatal. Wearing eye protection is also important. Wind and glare can reduce your ability to see and respond to an obstacle in your path. Gloves, appropriate footwear, leg guards and jackets limit abrasions when accidents do occur.

Despite preventative actions taken by motorcyclists, accidents still occur, and the losses can be significant. The financial burden incurred through motorcycle accidents can be particularly great due to lost wages, expensive medical bills, and, potentially, occupational therapy. To add to the losses, the bike may be irreparable.
Call Danno Law Firm, P.C. at (406) 755-4100 for a free consultation to discuss your accident case. You may also write to us by filling out the form on the "Contact" page.
 

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