In the eyes of the law, motorcyclists may be treated as equals to larger vehicles such as cars and trucks, but unfortunately, not everyone behind the wheels of these larger vehicles treats motorcyclists as such. Whether they mistreat bikers by bullying them out of a lane or simply fail to notice the motorcyclists because of their small size, the fact is that motorcyclists face a great deal of danger on the road, even though they have many of the same rights.
Some statistics that showcase just how serious the dangers for bikers on the road are include:
- Motorcyclists are determined to be at fault in only one-third of multivehicle accidents involving motorcycles, meaning that the majority of these accidents are caused by other drivers.
- Motorcyclists are much more likely to be injured in an accident, and the likelihood that a motorcyclist is killed in an accident is more than 25 times higher than that of a person in a passenger car.
What these statistics indicate is that motorcyclists are more likely to be involved in accidents with other vehicles in which they (the motorcyclists) are not at fault, and yet they are also much more likely to die in these accidents. There are many factors that contribute to these statistics, but the simple fact is that motorcyclists are often not treated fairly on the road.
One place that motorcyclists can expect to be treated fairly is in the courtrooms. If your rights have been violated by another driver and you have been injured as a result, you should consider meeting with an attorney to discuss the aspects of your case. You could be entitled to compensation. Those who have lost loved ones in a motorcycle accident may also be entitled to compensation for their loss.