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Why are motorcyclists uniquely at risk on the road?

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Cruising down the highway on a motorcycle might feel like the epitome of freedom, but it also brings its own set of dangers. Motorcyclists often face injuries when other drivers do not respect their space or size.

Learning more about these distinct obstacles may help riders as they travel on the road.

Lack of visibility

One of the biggest issues for motorcyclists is being seen. Their smaller size means they can easily vanish from sight in drivers’ blind spots or get overlooked altogether. This invisibility factor ramps up the chances of accidents, especially when changing lanes or making turns.

Minimal protection

Unlike car and truck drivers, motorcyclists lack the protection of a metal shell. Even with helmets and other gear, they still get the full force of any impact.

Difference in maneuverability

Motorcycles offer agility and nimbleness, but other individuals may not know how to drive alongside them on roads. People in cars and trucks need to follow traffic rules meticulously when motorcycles are around. Sudden moves or hasty stops from other drivers can greatly increase the chances of serious accidents for motorcycles in a way that it does not for cars or trucks.

Road hazards

Motorcyclists have to deal with a variety of unique hazards on the road. From bumpy surfaces to pieces of debris falling off of another vehicle, unexpected obstacles can throw them off balance and lead to accidents. These tiny obstacles typically do not affect those in cars or trucks the same way.

Motorcycle accidents can lead to head trauma, spinal cord damage and painful road burns. Anyone dealing with injuries after a motorcycle crash may want to seek fair compensation.