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What should Roanoke residents know about motorcycle accidents?

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In Roanoke and everywhere across the United States, motorcyclists enjoy the unique freedom that comes with riding on two wheels and no walls. However, motorcycle riders are also exposed to dangers, which drivers of other motor vehicles generally do not experience.

For instance, a motorcycle accident may injure a rider in ways that an accident involving a car is unlikely to do. Another factor that puts the motorcycle rider at risk is the fact that there are no protective barriers between the motorcycle and the road. Other motor vehicle drivers may also find it difficult to spot or anticipate a motorcycle. Therefore, motorcycle riders are at higher risk of serious injuries in the event of a motorcycle accident.

In order to be safe on the roads, motorcyclists must be aware of a few facts, which will make them well equipped on the roads and help them to avert the inherent risks. For example, according to statistics, motorcyclists are 26 times more prone to a fatal accident than car drivers and they are five times more likely to suffer serious injuries.

Although the rate of fatality for car drivers has been falling steadily since the late 1990s, the fatality rate for motorcyclists has doubled. The reasons behind this shocking fact are numerous, such as difficulty with visual recognition due to various factors, including weather conditions, being obscured by other vehicles, speed-related accidents, level of riding skills and familiarity with the motorcycle.

Motorcyclists in Virginia should also understand their legal rights and insurance laws in order to help themselves with recovery in the event of an accident. Many motorcycle accident claims for personal injury are based on the legal principle of negligence. Some motorcycle accidents can also be the result of a defective design of the vehicle itself. If that turns out to be the case, damages may be recovered from the manufacturer.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed on Aug. 14, 2014

Source: FindLaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed on Aug. 14, 2014

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