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What are common risks for motorcyclists that could cause crashes?

Now that spring has made its appearance, more motorcycles are seen on the roadways in West Virginia and other states across the nation. Motorists commonly share the road with these small vehicles, and as a result motorcyclists are exposed to unique dangers and risks each time they travel on a road. Due to their small size and the lack of any substantial protective barrier, motorcyclists not only face an increased risk in being involved in an accident, but also an increased chance in being seriously injured or killed if they are involved in a crash

What are common risks for motorcyclists that could cause crashes? In many cases, the small size of a motorcycle plays a role or factor in causing an accident. Another driver may not see the motorcycle in their blind spot, misjudge the speed of the motorcyclist and turn in front of them and even fail to yield to a motorcyclist when they have the right of way. In fact, two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve other motor vehicles are caused when the other driver violated the motorcyclist's right of way.

While helmets and protective clothing do provide some safety features for riders, this doesn't always guard a rider from injuries. It was found that motorcyclists are roughly 26 times more likely to die in a crash than someone riding in a passenger vehicle involved in a collision. Moreover, they are five times more likely to be injured than other motorists involved in a crash.

It is also important to note that while fatal accidents involving automobiles and light trucks have shown a steady decline since 1999, fatal motorcycle accidents have been increasing. In fact, statistics have shown that the rate of the occurrence of these accidents has more than doubled since 1999.

Following a motorcycle crash, it is important to understand the cause and liability. An investigation could help uncover cause and determine whether the motorcyclist contributed to the accident at all. Additionally, this could also assess whether there were any design or manufacture defects that could have led to the accident.

If another party is responsible for a motorcycle accident, those harmed or impacted by the incident should understand that they might have recourses available to them. Civil actions, such as personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits, could help with the recovery of damages and losses.

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