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Problems faced by motorcycle riders on West Virginia roads

West Virginia residents use many different means of transportation to get around. For some people, nothing beats the feeling of freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle. Motorcycles afford riders a greater range of motion than other larger, more traditional vehicles. Riders can feel the wind at their faces and steer the vehicles by leaning their body weight. However, these fun features also come with some unique issues that motorcycle riders have to face.

Motorcycles bring with them a unique set of issues. Among these issues is the fact that motorcycles can be significantly smaller than other vehicles. Therefore, motorcycles can be more difficult for drivers of other vehicles to see -- especially when road or weather conditions obstruct a driver's line of sight. This can cause problems especially in intersections. Approximately 70 percent of accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles occur in intersections.

Road hazards can also present major issues. Puddles, potholes, debris, oil slicks and the like can all quickly cause a motorcycle rider to lose control. This also depends on the skill level of the rider. While higher skilled riders may be able to avoid such obstacles with ease, lower skilled riders may not so easily navigate through these challenges.

Regardless of the skill level of the rider, it is sometimes impossible to avoid a motorcycle crash with a negligent driver. It is not possible to control the actions of other drivers on the road. A negligent driver may be texting while driving, or they may be intoxicated, which can result in them taking certain actions that cause them to not see a motorcycle rider. When an accident occurs and negligence is suspected, it may be possible to pursue legal action in order to obtain compensation.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accident Overview," Accessed on April 17, 2017

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