As West Virginia readers know, drivers must share the road properly with motorcycles, other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. Even one moment of distracted, negligent or reckless driving can result in a serious car wreck, resulting in physical injury or even death. As the summer progresses, there will be more drivers and motorcycle riders on the roads, which will mean drivers should exercise extra precaution.
Motorcyclists are at a particular risk for a car accident. Bikers are largely unprotected against the larger, heavier steel frame of an enclosed vehicle, often resulting in serious injuries in the event of a collision. Statistics listed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicate that motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people who are in a car.
As distracted driving becomes more of a problem on the roads in West Virginia and across the country, motorcyclists may be at an even greater risk of a collision. Many drivers often fail to see a motorcycle, properly judge speed or otherwise understand how to safely share the road. It should be noted that injured bikers may take steps to protect their rights in case of an injury caused by an allegedly negligent driver.
When an individual on a motorcycle is injured in an accident, it is possible that another driver is liable for the pain and suffering and other damages sustained. It is typically smart to seek the opinion of a personal injury lawyer regarding the possibility of a civil claim as accident victims may be eligible for financial compensation. In the same manner, the families of those killed in a car wreck or motorcycle accident may have grounds to seek wrongful death compensation, based upon appropriate evidence of negligence.
Source: register-herald.com, "Safety first", July 8, 2015