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Motorcycle riders may face an increased risk of injury

On Behalf of | Dec 17, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Riding a motorcycle can be a fun way to travel around the city, to see new sights and enjoy the beautiful weather. A rider can be seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, however, and there are common situations that put a rider at risk.

Risk factors

Statistics indicate that motorcycle riders are more likely to be injured or pass away in an accident rather than someone who is driving or riding in a car. This is caused by several factors.

Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road, which makes them harder to see. Road conditions like potholes, standing water, debris and uneven pavement may be easy for a driver to navigate, but could be disastrous for a motorcycle rider. Weather conditions can also make it hard for other drivers to see the rider and to stop quickly.

Accident documentation

If a rider is hit by a driver, it can be helpful for him or her to take photos of the accident scene including landmarks, license plate numbers, damage to the motorcycle and any injuries he or she suffered. Also, a police report can formally document the incident.

If there were witnesses, the rider may want to ask for their names and contact information. If the injuries require medical treatment, it’s also a good idea to keep copies of medical records, bills, statements and other expenses. These may help if the rider files a claim later.

If a motorcycle rider was injured in an accident, an experienced attorney can provide guidance and advice.