Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash than passengers riding in a car. While motorcyclists are often perceived as being free-spirited, wild and even reckless, more times than not it’s actually the driver of the vehicle that is negligent. Unlike automobiles, motorcycle riders are exposed to nature’s elements, placing them more at risk for an accident that could result in serious injuries or death. Visually, motorcyclists are at a disadvantage. Their smaller size leaves them vulnerable to inattentive drivers who may be distracted by bad weather or their cell phone. In two-thirds of motorcycle-related accidents, the driver of the other vehicle violated the motorcyclist’s right of way, causing the wreck. While car accident-related deaths have declined in recent years, the fatality rate for motorcycle accidents has more than doubled. Accidents involving motorcyclists are caused by a variety of factors including driver negligence, road hazards such as potholes or uneven payment, and even defective equipment. When traveling at high speeds, motorcycles are prone to “wobble,” an uncontrollable shake that occurs when the front end of the bike loses stability. “High-speed wobble” may occur as a result of misalignment of the front and rear tires of the motorcycle, potentially placing liability on the manufacturer who may be responsible for any injuries under what’s called a “product liability theory.”Determining legal responsibility for a motorcycle-related accident can be difficult at times, highlighting the need for top-quality legal representation that will ensure that the rider’s rights are protected. Anyone who finds themselves in a motorcycle-related accident should first seek medical attention before contacting a good attorney to assist them with potential future legal proceedings.
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