Beat the traffic wherever you are and get to your destination the quicker and cooler way by riding your motorcycle. Motorcycles are simply more exciting to ride since these can be maneuvered easily and can pass even through narrow spaces. Due to their lightness, however, and with no protection that can shield riders against impacts, these render drivers more vulnerable to more serious injuries in the event of an accident.
Getting injured or losing someone in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience for you and your family. Besides the physical pain due to the injury, there is also that great stress due to the sudden financial burden you are faced with, and with no means for assured earnings due to failure to report for work.
This is why observance of road traffic rules is very essential; some drivers, though, just have no concern for others’ safety, choosing to act negligently or recklessly once they get themselves behind the wheel. It is no secret that the percentage of fatality during accidents is much higher for motorcycle riders than other motor vehicle drivers; the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes this information available to everyone. The same agency also says that the major cause of fatality for riders is head-on collision with cars.
Other reasons why accidents happen, include carelessness while driving, collisions with fixed objects, cars making left-hand turns, speeding & alcohol use (either by the driver or the rider), road hazards or defective roads, poor vehicle stability and visibility during bad weather conditions, poor riding or driving skills and motor cycle lane splitting, which happens when a motorcycle passes between two stopped or slow-moving vehicles during traffic.
If you get involved in an accident while riding your motorcycle, one of the necessary things that you ought to do is get legal assistance. If the accident is the other driver’s fault, your lawyer will be able to help you get the justice you deserve and earn for you the compensation that you may need.
Drunk-driving already entails lots of dangers to pedestrians, other motorists and the driver him or herself; but wait ‘til you hear what drunk-riding can result in.
According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents, include head-on collision with cars or other fixed objects, road hazards, poor vehicle stability, poor riding skills, reduced visibility during bad weather, motor cycle lane splitting, speeding and drunk-riding. The same agency also stated that the most dangerous remains to be drunk-riding, saying that drinking and riding simply do not mix as alcohol, time and again, has continued to be particularly lethal for motorcycle riders.
Though the NHTSA has clearly set the limit of alcohol content in driver’s /rider’s blood to 0.08 grams/deciliter, which is about four bottles of beer, many riders still choose to disregard this stipulation. As a result, the number of deaths due to drunk-driving or drunk-riding has continued to rise over the years.
Despite the steady increase in the number of accidents and deaths, the culture of drink-and-ride sadly seems to be acceptable to riders nationwide. This is clearly evident during riders’ festivals and other motorcycle events, where vendors of beer and other alcoholic beverages continue to lure riders with freebies. Other riders, on the other hand, either ride to a bar for a drink with their friends or drink alone for whatever reasons they have; after the drinks, though, comes the scary part – they ride back home regardless of the amount of alcohol they have taken.
However careful these drunken riders ride their bikes, once an accident occurs, their drunkenness will only increase their liability. Thus, contacting a lawyer if you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident would be a wise move as he or she will be able to guide you on the necessary things to do following the accident. Filing a case against the liable party and seeking damages for your injuries, financial losses and medical needs can also be more effective with his or her assistance.