Spring is here, and in the Springfield area motorcyclists are getting their bikes ready to ride. Riding a motorcycle can be a pleasurable hobby and a practical way to get around. But it can also expose you to serious injury if you are struck by a negligent person driving a car or truck.
There are a lot of myths out there about what causes motorcycle accidents. Here are three facts about motorcycle wrecks that may surprise you.
- Most crashes do not happen at night. The majority of crashes between a four-wheeled vehicle and a motorcycle occur during the daytime and in clear weather. Despite having ideal visibility, motorists often fail to look out for motorcycles when changing lanes or attempting a left turn.
- Speeding is usually not a factor. Similarly, motorcycle accidents are more likely to come down to the driver’s inattention to the road than exceeding the speed limit. In fact, speed is a factor in only about 33% of motorcycle crashes. Because many crashes happen during attempted turns, the car is less likely to be speeding.
- Experienced riders get hit often. Years of experience riding a motorcycle can help you anticipate potential trouble and maintain control over your bike. But ultimately, you are still at the mercy of people driving much larger vehicles around you. That could be why the average age of riders involved in fatal wrecks in 2015 was 42.
Motorists put riders at risk of serious injuries. You may not have been able to avoid a wreck, but you can take action now to make sure you get the highest possible compensation for your injuries, medical costs and lost wages. Speak to a personal injury attorney about how to get started.