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Motorcycles can mean different things depending on the person you ask. To some, motorcycles represent freedom, convenience, and a way to get around. For others, motorcycles represent danger and risk of harm.
Riding motorcycles is a popular mode of transportation. Many people use motorcycles for their commutes or recreation.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are at higher risk of severe injury and death than any other vehicle driver in a traffic accident. It begs the question: Are motorcycles worth the risk?
To better decide whether a motorcycle is worth the risk, one must consider why many people choose them.
There is no question that many people find motorcycles appealing. The U.S. reports over 8.5 million registered motorcycles on the roads annually. While that number pales in comparison to the 106 million registered passenger vehicles in the country, a significant portion of the population owns a motorcycle.
Reasons a person may choose to ride a motorcycle:
As part of the risk assessment of a motorcycle, consider the dangers facing motorcycle riders. There are different risks a rider can face when traveling along the neighborhood roads, interstates, and highways. There are some risks a rider can mitigate through safety equipment such as helmets, eye protection, and specialized riding attire.
In addition, a rider can ensure they follow all traffic laws and best practices when operating their motorcycle to decrease the risk of an accident. Staying alert and aware while on your bike can help you to react quickly to prevent serious injury or possibly save your life. However, some risks are simply out of a rider’s control, and it is the actions of others that can put them in peril while traveling on the road.
Risks a motorcyclist can face while riding:
The risk of motorcycle riding is not only that one can die. While over 5,000 people will die in a motorcycle accident in any given year, another 80,000-plus motorcyclists will suffer debilitating injuries that can leave them disabled for the rest of their life.
Motorcycle injuries are rarely minor, and in many cases, the injured motorcyclist will require emergency medical transport, care, hospitalization, and possibly even surgery.
While you cannot predict what injuries you will suffer in a motorcycle accident if you get hit by another vehicle, the injuries listed below are common in these types of collisions:
As you consider whether the risk of owning and riding a motorcycle is something you are willing to take on, it helps to know what damages you can seek if an accident does occur. Motorcycle collisions are not something you want to happen but they are a real risk each time a rider mounts their bike just as there is a risk each time a driver gets behind the wheel.
If you become the victim of a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of an automobile driver, you may recover damages.
You may be wondering if you happen to be in a motorcycle accident, who will pay for your injuries, losses, and other damages if the accident is not your fault? The law allows motorcycle riders–just as any automobile driver–to seek compensation from an insurer or the at-fault party directly if insurance is insufficient or unavailable.
While that might sound easy enough, motorcyclists that seek to recover their losses after a crash can face an uphill battle against the stigma and biases of other parties towards motorcyclists. If you are a victim of a motorcycle accident, hire a motorcycle accident lawyer to represent you and increase your chance of a successful recovery.
You have a right to compensation as a motorcycle accident victim, but that does not mean that insurance companies may not try to challenge your claim or reduce their liability to you in any way they can. Motorcycle accidents are often accompanied with extensive damage, and insurers understand how much they can be on the hook for the negligence of their drivers.
A motorcycle accident attorney can help you fight for the compensation you are legally entitled to under the law. Your attorney will first try to seek recovery of your losses through an insurance claim, and if that fails to reach a fair settlement, your lawyer can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
Whether a motorcycle is worth it is a personal decision. You know the level of risk you are comfortable with and what actions you can take to reduce your chances of becoming involved in a motorcycle accident.
Motorcycles can be dangerous, but that does not mean they always are. With some effort and patience, you may find a way to ride as safely as possible. If you feel unsure or are uncomfortable with the increased risks of riding a motorcycle, then maybe it is just not for you.
Making a decision can be difficult, but having the best and most accurate information to guide your decision can help you feel at peace and confident in your choice, whatever that may be.
If you are in a motorcycle accident, you need the support and guidance of a motorcycle accident lawyer to fight for your rights. A motorcycle accident attorney can provide a free consultation to discuss your available legal options.
John Gomez founded the firm alone in 2005. Today, John acts as President and Lead Trial Attorney. He has been voted by his peers as a top ten San Diego litigator in three separate fields: Personal Injury, Insurance and Corporate Litigation. Since 2000, he has recovered over $800 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 160 separate recoveries of one million dollars or more. A prolific trial lawyer, John has tried to jury verdict more than 60 separate cases.
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