Motorcycles are a fun and efficient way to travel. Louisiana residents to ride motorcycles often enjoy the freedom and flexibility that their mode of transportation offers them. While motorcycles are safe vehicles when driven by knowledgeable riders, motorcyclists can find themselves in peril when other drivers put them in harm’s way.
There are many ways that drivers impact motorcyclist safety, but simply not seeing them is a contributor to motorcycle accidents in the United States. This post will explore how motorcyclists are lost on the roads and what drivers can do to make their driving safer for motorcyclists. This post does not provide any legal advice to its readers.
Motorcycles and visibility
There are clear reasons that motorcycles are hard for drivers to see. For example, compared to standard cars and trucks, motorcycles are small. Without frames or windows to create structure, it is sometimes difficult for drivers to pick motorcycles out while on busy roads. Even weather or construction can obstruct drivers from seeing motorcycles while operating their motor vehicles.
Another visibility issue that can impact drivers and their chances of seeing motorcycles is visual recognition. There are not as many motorcycles on the roads as standard vehicles, and drivers sometimes just do not look for them when they are driving. As a result, the failure of a driver to look for a motorcycle and expect them to be close can cause devastating and sometimes deadly motorcycle accidents.
After a motorcycle accident
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can be physically, emotionally, and financially painful. A victim may suffer limitations to their ability to work or even live independently. Their injuries may require extensive medical treatment and may deprive them of enjoying their life as they lived it before their crash.
When a motorcycle accident happens, victims should know that they have rights. They can choose to speak with personal injury and accident attorneys about their litigation options. An attorney who represents motorcycle accident victims can advice their clients on how best to protect themselves and their future.