May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Many people are choosing motorcycles over cars. It is not just the thrill of the open road. The economic times and gas prices are also prompting more motorists to switch to motorcycles instead of vehicles. Motorcycles ease traffic congestion, cause less wear and tear on our roadways, and use less gas. But, motorcycle safety month is not just for cyclists. In fact, Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX) admonished truck and vehicle drivers to pay closer attention to the road and motorcycles on the road, adding that, “[I]f everyone does their part, we can ensure that everyone makes it home safely.”

Not surprisingly, the most deadly types of accidents are motorcycle accidents. The reasons are obvious: car versus motorcycle. Motorists who are not motorcyclists may have the expectation that motorcycles behave the way cars do on the road. However, the reality is that the reason most motorcycle accidents occur has to do with motorist error, not motorcycle driver error. The main reason that motorists collide with motorcycles is that they are not on the lookout for them and fail to see them on the roadways. But, that reality does not absolve distracted drivers from the consequences and injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident.

Again, motorcycle accidents are almost always more dangerous and result in more serious injuries than motor vehicle accidents. Roughly 3,000 people lose their lives each year due to motorcycle accidents. Those who survive motorcycle accidents can experience soft tissue injuries, serious abrasions, fractures, dislocations and joint breakage, disfigurement, and brain damage. When motorcycle accidents occur, victims and family members should seek legal advice to find out what compensation they are entitled to. The experienced attorneys at the Solberg Stewart Miller law firm in Fargo, ND are leaders in litigation regarding auto accidents.

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