More people are trading in their cars for motorcycles, and who can blame them? There’s something fun and exhilarating about cruising the open road on a bike. Unfortunately, motorcycles are at a significant disadvantage due to their size and lack of visibility to other vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to be injured or worse than car passengers.
While some don’t consider motorcycles to be dangerous, others argue that they’re just as bad as cars. According to the Begum Law Group, in 2017, there were 8,861 rider injuries and 794 passenger injuries. There were also 501 fatalities. A different set of skills and knowledge is required for operating a motorcycle, but even the most skilled riders can get hurt.
What to do if you’re injured in a motorcycle accident?
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver, the lawyers at the Begum Law Group have the expertise and skills to represent you in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
They can analyze the evidence and determine liability. Once they identify who is responsible, attorneys can move forward with getting you the compensation you deserve. While you focus on recovering, they handle insurance adjusters, legal procedures, and courtroom appearances.
Some of the types of motorcycle accidents they handle include:
- High-speed motorcycle crashes
- Drunk driving accidents
- Left-turn accidents
- Head-on and rear-end collisions
- Override or underride truck accidents
- Intersection accidents
- Guardrail accidents
- Merging accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
How to avoid collisions
Here are some ways motorcyclists can avoid accidents, according to State Farm:
- Wear the appropriate gear. Motorcycles are less likely to be seen by other drivers, so wearing colorful, reflective clothing will help you stand out. You should also wear gear made of thick, protective material that covers your body and can protect against weather changes. Riders should wear gloves, boots, and eye protection too.
- Be alert. Look out for potholes, railroad tracks, or other objects. Be prepared to react to sudden lane changes or swerves.
- Drive sober. Avoid driving under the influence. Driving while alcohol-impaired results in reckless decisions like speeding and carelessly weaving in and out of lanes, increasing the risk of colliding with other vehicles.
- Be cautious in inclement weather. Make sure you’re up to date with all-weather changes as this can affect traffic flow and decrease visibility.
To learn more about Alexander Begum at the Begum Law Group, or to speak with an attorney, visit their website at www.texaslegalgroup.com or www.thelawgiant.com.