October 29, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Sharing the road with motorcyclists
Motorcycling is a popular activity in Colorado, as many enthusiasts love to enjoy the fresh air and scenery of our beautiful state. But as most bikers know, riding a motorcycle can be as dangerous as it is enjoyable. Many drivers say that it's hard to see motorcycles on the road, because of the bikes' smaller size and faster speeds. In some cases, another driver might not see a motorcycle until it's too late to prevent an accident
Motorcycle accidents are an all too common problem in Colorado. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, about one-fifth of traffic fatalities in the state in 2011 involved motorcycles. Most cyclists killed in Colorado weren't wearing a helmet, or were wearing them improperly.
Other drivers pose the most risk for a motorcyclist
Single-bike accidents are common for various reasons, including a biker driving under the influence, or losing control of the bike due to road conditions, inexperience or speed. But the majority of motorcycle crashes involve other drivers, says CaliforniaBiker.org. In most of these cases, the other vehicle turned or pulled out in front of the oncoming motorcycle.
For example, recently a motorcyclist was killed when a man pulled his truck out in front of the bike in Lakewood, says Fox 31. The driver fled the scene, but was later found and faces criminal charges.
Head injuries are the main cause of motorcyclist deaths, but the arms and legs are also the most commonly injured. Broken bones, road rash and brain injuries can result in huge medical bills, lengthy recovery times and even permanent disability for victims.
Sharing the road
Wearing a helmet may prevent fatal head injuries, but it's up to other drivers to be vigilant so crashes can be prevented. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has these tips for sharing the road with motorcycles:
-Check blind spots before changing lanes.
-Use signals before turning or moving into another lane.
-Never tailgate a motorcycle.
-Respect that a motorcycle has the same rights as every other vehicle on the road.
It's important to also remember that some road conditions which might not affect a larger vehicle may be hazardous for motorcycles, and that's a good reason to give bikers their space.
Contacting an attorney
Injuries from motorcycle accidents
tend to be severe and can result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. If you've been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another driver, it's important to contact a personal injury attorney with experience in motorcycle accidents. As a victim, you have the right to pursue compensation for your expenses, or for the medical or funeral costs of a loved one.
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