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Understanding the legal side of motorcycle injuries

Virginia roads are relatively safe — but there is room for improvement. Collisions do happen. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we know that these so-called accidents are actually sometimes due to somebody's negligence. When that is the case, the injured party could be able to secure compensation.

Motorcycle accident risks at night

Motorcycle collisions can occur at any time, but there are certain periods when the risk of a wreck is especially high. For example, the nighttime hours can be particularly dangerous for motorcyclists as well as those operating larger vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. There are many reasons why riding at night can be so risky, from decreased visibility to driver fatigue and intoxicated driving. Whether you regularly ride your motorcycle at night or only take to the road at night once in a while, it is very important to be aware of the hazards you may encounter.

Depression and motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle collisions can be devastating, and many leave victims with broken bones, permanent scars and other injuries. Some motorcycle accidents claim lives, and there are many other hardships that motorcycle crash victims may endure. For example, many victims experience emotional hurdles in the wake of an accident. Depression can be especially challenging for motorcycle accident victims, many of whom will no longer be able to work in a physically demanding job or participate in other hobbies and activities that they have enjoyed for many years. It is important for victims of wrecks to handle these emotions properly.

Working overtime, fatigue and motorcycle accidents

Motorcycle collisions have many causes, from intoxicated driving to distractions and high speeds. However, many people ignore how dangerous it can be to drive or ride a motorcycle while struggling with fatigue. Not only do people become fatigued due to poor sleep but working overtime has caused many drivers to develop fatigue, which can increase the chances of a traffic collision in many ways. For motorcyclists, fatigue can be especially dangerous, and it is pivotal to make sure that you are not sleep-deprived or adversely affected by fatigue whenever you ride a motorcycle.

Virginia motorcycle safety - Wearing the right gear

The heavy boots, the thick jeans, the leather jackets. Does it all look cool? Yes. However, the gear that motorcyclists wear while riding in Virginia and elsewhere is meant more for looks. It provides riders with essential protections. Therefore, it is important for people to understand the types of safety gear they should don anytime they plan to operate a motorcycle.

Motorcycle collisions in rural areas

When some people think about driving or riding a motorcycle in a rural environment, they may think that it is safer and less stressful than driving in an urban area. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are all sorts of hazards on rural roads and that many motorcycle accidents take place in these areas. Not only do motorcyclists run the risk of colliding with a vehicle, but there are other risk factors to be aware of as well, from poor road conditions due to ice or rainfall and even wildlife such as a deer that darts onto the road.

Poor visibility and motorcycle crashes

Motorcyclists face numerous hazards on the road, whether conditions are slick due to rainfall or a negligent driver veers into their lane. These hazards can be even more dangerous at certain times, such as periods of low visibility as a result of fog. Whether you like to ride a motorcycle once in a while or on a daily basis, it is important to be aware of these hazards and in some instances, it might be best to stay off of the road until conditions improve. Sadly, many motorcyclists have been hurt and killed during foggy conditions.

Mental trauma after a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can bring on many different hardships for victims, from losing the ability to walk to sustaining a serious brain injury and struggling with medical costs afterward. Some people do not realize how serious these accidents can be from a mental standpoint and many motorcycle collision victims have endured unbearable mental challenges, such as memory problems due to a traumatic brain injury, depression and anxiety that makes life extremely hard. When it comes to mental trauma and motorcycle crashes, the road to recovery can be especially long.

Research shows observational limits cause motorcycle crashes

Many drivers of passenger vehicles in Virginia probably do not realize that they are a threat to motorcyclists. Even the most careful drivers may cause an accident, though, thanks to limits in how the eyes take in information and how the brain processes it.

Motorcycle crashes and ice on the road

Often, people decide that is best to avoid taking their motorcycle out during the winter months, especially in colder areas that see significant snowfall. However, some motorcyclists do ride during the fall and winter and there are various weather-related risks to watch out for during these seasons. In fact, many parts of the country are already seeing the accumulation of snow and some motorcyclists may be caught off-guard when ice appears on the road in early November. Unfortunately, bad weather conditions have contributed to many serious motorcycle accidents in Virginia, and motorcyclists, as well as drivers, should be very careful when any poor weather conditions threaten road conditions.

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