Imagine this scenario for a minute. It is a beautiful and warm spring day
when a motorcyclist decides it is time to dust off his motorcycle and
go for a ride. The freedom of the ride is exhilarating and the ride could
not be more enjoyable. But the rider does not expect what happens next.
Riding down a straight road lane with traffic approaching, an oncoming
motorist turns left in front of the biker but there is not enough time
for the turn to be completed without the biker crashing into the side
of the car.
The motorcyclist is sent flying through the air at the moment of impact
and seconds later makes contact with the pavement incurring multiple injuries.
Witnesses are astonished that the vehicle driver actually turned right
into the path of the oncoming biker.
Experienced Poughkeepsie motorcycle accident attorneys know that the danger of left hand turns in front of bikers is just one
of the many risks associated with riding a motorcycle. Other risks associated
with riding a motorcycle include: road hazards; reduced ability to be
seen by other roadway users; lack of safety devices such as seat belts,
air bags, and an inner cabin; inexperience; and alcohol and drug abuse
As the hypothetical above suggests, one serious risk to motorcyclists is
the behavior of drivers. Speeding, failing to obey traffic signs and signals,
and failing to see bikers when they can indeed be seen causes many needless
Making the matter worse, motorcycles are less safe than cars and trucks
for many reasons thus more prone to
motorcycle accidents. First and foremost, motorcycles do not have safety restraints like seat
belts. There are no airbags to deploy in the event of impact. Cars and
trucks have an interior cabin, which is surrounded by a steel frame and
durable plastics; motorcycles do not.
Motorcycles carry the risk of reduced visibility. Not in the sense that
bikers cannot see as well as drivers. But in the sense that motorcycles
are harder to see as compared to bulky four wheeled vehicles. Bikes have
a slim profile making them harder to see and making it harder to judge
the speed and distance of the motorcycle. Motorists should be keen to
Roadway hazards are also more of a risk to bikers. Potholes, gravel, water,
oil, and ice can instantly
cause a motorcycle to crash, whereas a car can escape without instance in the same situations.
Lastly, operating a motorcycle or car under the influence of alcohol and/or
drugs is never a good idea. But in the case of motorcycle collisions,
the consequences are far greater to the rider.
Learn more about the statistics and common issues surrounding motorcycle
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