Motorcycle crashes happen in all sorts of places and under various circumstances, from accidents caused by poor weather conditions to the use of intoxicating substances. Unfortunately, some motorcycle crashes can be especially devastating, such as those which occur at high speeds. On the freeway, a motorcyclist may be particularly vulnerable for a variety of reasons and if you ever ride your motorcycle on the freeway it is pivotal to pay close attention to all hazards.
Motorcyclists in Virginia are at higher risk of getting into accidents than other drivers on the road. Oftentimes, the operator at fault is not the motorcyclist but another motorist on the road. To decrease the number of accidents, drivers need to understand how they can drive differently around motorcycles, and motorcyclists need to take the proper safety precautions.
When it comes to motorcycle accidents, people may not picture a motorcycle with a sidecar. However, many of these motorcycles have been involved in traffic wrecks as well, some of which have even proven fatal. There are a number of reasons why sidecar motorcycles can be dangerous, even if some people may assume that they are safer than other motorcycles. If you ride a motorcycle with a sidecar or ride in a sidecar, it is important to be aware of the dangers on the road and go over your options in the event that you are hurt in a crash.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury, you may have many questions about where to go from here. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to bodily harm while driving because they are more exposed and less protected as someone would be in a car wearing a seat belt. We all know that wearing a helmet can dramatically reduce your risk of brain injury during an accident, but sometimes a head injury can still occur.
Any areas of a motorcycle rider's skin that are not protected may sustain road rash in a Virginia accident. RideApart.com notes that wearing a riding suit or jacket and pants with built-in armor is the best way to keep skin from coming into contact with the road as the rider slides or rolls across it. Gloves with palm sliders are especially important, as people naturally try to catch themselves in a fall with the palms of their hands.
Traffic accidents occur in all sorts of ways, some involve semi trucks and others involve a bicyclist or pedestrian. However, if you ride a motorcycle it is especially important to watch out for threats on the road. Motorcyclists can be especially vulnerable when they are struck by a vehicle and far too many of these accidents have led to the loss of someone's life or significant injuries that they may never be able to move on from. Our law office is very familiar with the challenges motorcyclists face in Virginia after a crash, which is why be think prevention is so important.
One of the more common responses heard from motorists in Roanoke Country who have been involved in collisions with motorcyclists is that they were not aware that the motorcyclists were turning or that they were required to wait for them. Much of this may come from a misunderstanding of how motorcycles are viewed compared to other vehicles on the road. Such vehicles (and their drivers) are afforded the same rights and privileges as cars, trucks and SUVs. Sadly, confusion over allowing motorcyclists the right-of-way has cost many of them their lives. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 4,693 motorcyclists were killed on American roads as recently as 2015.
We have discussed a wide variety of topics related to motorcycle accidents on this blog, from dangerous conditions, riskier behaviors, the importance of wearing a proper helmet and more. Unfortunately, even the most responsible motorcyclists could find themselves in the middle of an accident, regardless of the safety precautions they took, and these collisions happen too often across the state of Virginia. Our law firm is very familiar with the world of challenges that victims of motorcycle accidents often face, which can extend beyond the loss of life and significant injuries.
Motorcycle drivers in Virginia can take advantage of beautiful scenery, historic roadways and the exhilarating feel of wind in their hair. But they also face safety challenges on the road.
In Virginia, motorcyclists do not have to take a training course in order to get a license. However, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, it does make a difference in how riders may attain a Class M motorcycle designation on their driver’s license. For those who do not complete the Virginia Rider Training Program, there is a knowledge exam and a road skills test. Those who do take the class will have these two requirements waived.