Motorcyclists understand the joy of riding, how much fun it can bring your life when the weather is right, and you find a beautiful scenic road. Data based on the miles traveled by certain vehicle types shows that motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely than passenger car motorists to have a fatal vehicle collision.
Weighing risk in motorcycle accidents
A recent fatal crash near the Indiana-Michigan border highlights the dangers posed to motorcycle riders. Here are some common risk factors to motorcyclists on the road:
- Motorists in cars and trucks are a significant safety hazard to motorcyclists. Motorists can have difficulty noticing motorcyclists in lanes beside them when they merge, a danger which increases due to poor night visibility.
- Environmental conditions are common contributing factors in motorcycle crashes. Changes in road gradients, slick roads, rainy or icy conditions, reduce visibility in fog are all conditions that result in potential road hazards.
- Mechanical malfunctions or ill-adjusted bike components can influence the handling and responsiveness of your bike. Things like brake adjustments, tread patterns, tire pressure leaks, oxidation, electrical issues, and other mechanical issues could change the way a motorcycle handles.
Finding compensation for victims and families
Those seriously injured in a traffic accident could deal with the repercussions of those injuries for years to come. For the families of those riders who are killed or seriously injured in a collision, you need a lawyer with in-depth experience in personal injury lawsuits to fight for the compensation you deserve.