Motorcyclists do their best to remain as safe as they can on the roads. Part of their safety depends on how other motorists are driving around them. Unfortunately, these bikers can suffer from serious injuries because of being struck by another driver.
A motorcyclist is 5 times more likely to suffer an injury and 26 times more likely to die in a wreck than a person who’s in a different vehicle. While a helmet can increase the chance of the motorcyclist remaining safe, catastrophic injuries are still possible.
Intersections pose an issue
Intersections are one place that can lead to crashes between motorcycles and other vehicles. The small profile of the motorcycle makes it hard for other motorists to see, especially when there are obstacles near the intersection. Things like bushes and parked cars can make it hard to see motorcycles. Drivers should take the time to look both ways before maneuvering through the intersection.
Right of way matters
Motorcyclists sometimes suffer injuries in crashes when other motorists don’t give them their lawful right of way. Around two-thirds of crashes involving a motorcyclist and another motorist are caused by violations of the right of way. Motorcycles should be treated like every other vehicle. Just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they don’t have the same rights.
Anyone who’s involved in a motorcycle crash should ensure they get medical attention. If you’re a victim of a negligent motorist slamming into you, seeking compensation is possible. Florida law sets time limits for these cases, so you should get your claim filed as quickly as possible to avoid that deadline passing by.