October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- To motorcycle enthusiasts, there is nothing more exhilarating than flying along the open road, enjoying the scenery with the wind in their hair. But while riding a motorcycle can be a wonderful experience and is the preferred transportation method for many people, it comes with risks, particularly when sharing the road with other vehicles.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that motorcycle death rates increased more than 50 percent in the U.S. from 2001 to 2008. During that time, over 34,000 cyclists were killed in crashes, and over 1,200,000 people suffered non-fatal injuries. Unfortunately, Philadelphia motorcyclists are at a high risk for being injured or killed while driving in the city, which was named as one of America's top ten cities for having the worst drivers, according to Yahoo! As a large, crowded city known for its winding roads, the city's drivers face a 66 percent higher chance of getting in an accident
compared to the national average.
Other drivers pose the greatest risk to motorcyclists
While cyclists do get injured in single-vehicle crashes, the majority of accidents that result in a cyclist's injury or death involve another vehicle, according to CaliforniaBiker.org. For example, a Carrolton man was hospitalized earlier this month, after a car pulled out in front of him at a stop sign as he was riding his motorcycle, says the Times Reporter. The driver was cited for not yielding the right of way.
Because motorcycles are small and fast, many drivers don't see them on the road until it's too late. Most commonly, a cyclist is injured by another driver turning in front of the bike. The head, arms and legs are injured the most often. Motorcyclists face a higher risk than other drivers for permanent disability, brain injuries and broken bones.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cautions drivers to be vigilant and share the road with motorcycles by:
- Not sharing a lane with a motorcycle.
- Signaling before making a turn or lane change.
- Thoroughly checking blind spots before changing lanes.
- Following a motorcycle at a safe distance.
It's important to remember that motorcyclists have the same rights as every other vehicle on the road.
Contacting an attorney
are often severe and require months of healing and physical therapy. Medical bills can quickly add up, especially if the injured person is unable to work. Additionally, funeral expenses can be financially as well as emotionally devastating to a family.
If you've been injured by another driver in a motorcycle crash, it's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Accident victims have rights that may include compensation of medical expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering.
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