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Understanding the risks associated with motorcycles

For many, the appeal of motorcycles is obvious. The intimacy with the road and the freedom of traveling is impossible to replicate while travelling in a car. But with all the joys of riding a motorcycle also come some inherent risks.

Unlike driving a car, motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to both other riders on the road as well as environmental factors. Hazards such as gravel, potholes, and even grates and railroad crossings can cause serious or deadly injuries to a motorcycle rider.

In addition, motorcyclists need to pay special attention to weather conditions. Snow, sleet, rain, or even strong winds and sun glare can especially problematic for the riders on two wheels.

Motorcyclists also need to be aware of other vehicles on the road. Due to their small size, motorcycles are harder to see and identify for car drivers. And since motorcyclists are not protected with seatbelts and within the compounds of a car or truck, motorcycle accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries or death. In fact, motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in an accident, and 26 times more likely to die as a result of a motorcycle accident, compared to a traditional motor vehicle.

Since two thirds of motorcycle accidents are caused by other motor vehicle drivers, it is important to know that if negligence played a role in a motorcycle accident, the driver of the other vehicle may be liable for the damages, medical costs, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

Source: findlaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," Accessed on Aug. 17, 2015

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