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Motorcyclists More Likely to Experience Deadly Crash Than Motorists

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For many bikers, a bright, sunny day is only complete if you can squeeze in a ride. However, a beautiful day can quickly come crashing down if the driver does not take proper precautions. While you can’t prevent all motorcycle accidents in McKinney, you can do your best to ride safely and drive defensively. At Lucé Law, PC, we have seen first-hand how dangerous reckless drivers can be around motorcyclists.

Why Motorcycle Accidents Are More Dangerous Than Car Accidents

While most motorcycle riders will have experienced some of the dangers of driving on North Texas roads, it can be hard to fully comprehend the risks of riding as compared to driving a car. Whether it’s an inexperienced rider or a negligent or reckless driver, accidents frequently result in serious injuries, even loss of life. To put this subject into perspective, looking at some relevant stats may be helpful.

Understanding the Risks and Safety Measures for Motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to have a deadly crash than those driving a car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). One leading cause may be a lack of proper instruction. The NHTSA also notes that 92 percent of cyclists involved in crashes did not have professional training. It is important to take lessons to learn not only how to operate the motorcycle but also how to share the road with bigger vehicles. Take a look at our three motorcycle safety tips for new riders for important information on protecting yourself on busy roads.

Many of these motorcycle accidents are not the rider’s fault. In fact, motorcyclists injured from a crash may be entitled to damages to cover medical expenses from the responsible party. To prevent being hit by a car or other vehicle, safety officials recommend keeping your headlights on to make yourself more visible. Also, wear a helmet at all times and be aware of the vehicles around you.

What to Do if You’re Involved in a Motorcycle Accident

If you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, taking the appropriate steps can be crucial for your health, safety and any future claims you may need to file. Initially you should check yourself and any others involved for injuries, and also move to the side of the road to lessen additional risk. And calling the police is still necessary, even if you have only minor injuries, as filing a report could be important for an insurance claim. Also, make sure to exchange information with other parties and document the scene – as long as it won’t risk your health.

Seeking medical attention is also vital, as you may have suffered injuries that are not immediately apparent. After a physical evaluation you may want to speak with an auto accident attorney and notify your insurance company.

Contact Our McKinney Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

If you are in an accident, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible. We at Lucé Law, PC can handle filing insurance claims and court proceedings so you can focus on your recovery. Our auto accident attorneys aim to secure just compensation for your injuries and medical expenses through focused and diligent legal representation. Call (972) 632-1300 or contact us online for a free consultation today.

 Source: Fox 19, “Patrol officer speaks on motorcycle safety,” Gordon Graham, September 16, 2013

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