COLUMBUS, Ohio. As spring approaches, motorcycle enthusiasts across the country anticipate the first days they can take their motorcycle for a spin. Yet, riding carries unique risks. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in a crash than individuals in a car. This is largely due to the fact that riders are more vulnerable road users. Without the protective chassis of a car, riders are more at risk of traumatic brain injury, road rash injuries, and other serious injuries that can occur when their bikes hit the road. Gravel on a roadway or a car changing lanes can also result in an accident. The motorcycle accident lawyers at E. Ray Critchett, L.L.C.: Attorney at Law assist riders in seeking a recovery for injuries and understand the unique factors that play a role in motorcycle accidents. Our firm can assist riders in seeking money to cover lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering damages from insurance companies and from stakeholders responsible for maintaining safe roads.
While riders are often vulnerable to the actions of other drivers on the road, there are steps motorcyclists can take to keep themselves safe. For instance, riders should always wear a helmet. Helmet use can prevent death and traumatic brain injury. Accidents can occur on blind curves and even on hilly roads. According to Rider Magazine, hilly roads pose unique dangers to motorcyclists. Hilly roads can lead to complacent riding because the motorcyclist can often see the road in the distance. However, there are also places where the road dips, where visibility may be limited. These low elevation areas can be just as deadly and dangerous as blind curves because they can hide a car, a truck, or other road hazards, like gravel. Because riders can see much of the road, they may think they are safe to ride faster. However, these roads should be handled with as much caution as windy roads with blind curves. Riding at a speed that would allow you to stop if you encountered a hazard is best practice.
Another hazard is gravel on the roadway. One writer for the Globe and Mail detailed an accident he experienced when he hit gravel on a roadway. Gravel can result in a rider losing control of his or her bike. In city traffic, this can be deadly. Cities and counties are responsible for maintaining their roads, but roads are not always cared for and riders can sometimes encounter dips and potholes. If you aren’t familiar with a road, your best bet is to ride slowly enough to avoid losing control of your bike.
According to Peter Cheney, writing for the Globe and Mail, there are four types of approaches to motorcycle risk. One approach is to stop riding altogether, the other is to flaunt the risk and ignore it (not recommended), and the other way to handle risk is to acknowledge that it is a factor in riding, but accept that risk comes along with the rewards of riding. The last way to approach risk is to be well-trained and knowledgeable, to maintain your bike, and to constantly assess your abilities and risks. Yet, even the most safety-conscious riders can become injured.
Motorcycle injuries can be life-altering. Sadly, many motorcycle accidents occur due to the errors of another driver. If you’ve been hurt due to another driver’s negligence or neglect, contact E. Ray Critchett, L.L.C.: Attorney at Law who may be able to help you seek the recovery you may deserve.