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Drivers Are Not Watching Out For Motorcyclists

October 23, 2019
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Defensive Driving Isn't Always Enough

Motorcyclists are usually better-trained to be aware of their surroundings and the conditions of the road, more so than other types of drivers. Despite this fact, the increased awareness and care taken by motorcyclists does not mean that they won’t be involved in a crash, even when taking care to avoid reckless drivers on the roadway. Overall, riders have little control over with whom they are sharing the road.

Even with the severity of injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions and the often extreme caution exhibited by riders, motorcycle crashes have many similarities with other types of accidents in many ways. Both motorcyclists and other drivers have similar chances of being involved in a crash, including t-bone collisions, distracted driving crashes, drunk driving accidents, and rear-end collisions.

Unique Risks of Motorcycles

Drivers Are Not Watching Out For MotorcyclistsDue to the unique design of motorcycles, certain kinds of collisions are more likely to happen. For the most part, motorcycles lack visibility on the road. They are much smaller and more difficult to see for other drivers. Also, anyone who has undergone motorcycle training or has ridden motorcycles in the past understands that drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs are usually just not watching for motorcyclists. 

Motorcyclists learn to “pretend” that they are “invisible.” Other drivers have the same responsibility of care to avoid causing a crash, but the fact of the matter is that motorcyclists are harder to see. Usually, drivers do not notice motorcycles on the road. This results in motorcyclists being more likely to be involved in certain kinds of collisions. The most common types of crashes involving a motorcycle include: stop sign crashes, failure-to-yield collisions, poor visibility negligence accidents, illegal lane changes, and side-swipes.

Motorcyclists are not always involved in catastrophic accidents, but unfair bias by jurors can possibly impact the outcome of a personal injury trial. There is a preconceived idea held by many people that motorcyclists travel at unsafe speeds and weave in and out of traffic. This prejudice causes jurors to unfairly assume that motorcyclists have nearly always some degree of fault. After being involved in a crash, it is crucial to obtain the counsel of a trained Albuquerque motorcycle crash attorney to ensure that the insurance provider of the other driver is not setting you up for a similar defense.

Motorcycle Accidents in Albuquerque

Motorcyclists are at a greater risk of being involved in a serious crash than other types of motorists. Riders are much more vulnerable to roadway conditions. Sometimes, just slight movements can disrupt the balance of a motorcycle and cause a crash. 

A significant percentage of motorcyclists are intoxicated at the time of a collision. Reckless actions on the part of other motorists can easily result in a serious crash. In some cases, victims may be able to regain lost compensation following a motorcycle accident. 

At Will Ferguson & Associates, we have experience helping injured motorcyclists regain deserved settlements following a serious accident. Our New Mexico motorcycle crash lawyers can help guide you through the legal process. Call us today at (505) 243-5566 if you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle collision.

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