Motorcycle accidents can shatter lives in countless ways, many of which have been addressed on this blog. Some victims are in unique situations, however, and the consequences of an accident can be especially damaging. For example, a college student who is struck by a negligent driver while riding a motorcycle may face a number of challenges in their life, and they may be unable to continue with their studies because of the accident. Even if they do not have to quit college, their grades may drop and they may have to take time off to recover from the accident.
Some in Pittsburgh may view the task of motorcyclists and motorists sharing the road together as being a contentious battle between both sides. In reality, very few (if any) drivers harbor any ill will towards motorcyclists. Yet it is not the ill will of drivers that motorcyclists may fear; rather, it may be simple carelessness. Motorists may not fully appreciate how their actions behind the wheel can affect those traveling in nontraditional vehicles, instead only viewing what they do in the context of drivers like themselves. While a simple sudden turn or maneuver may not endanger other cars, trucks or SUVs on the road, it can be hazardous to motorcyclists whose presence they are not aware of.
When a motorcyclist is struck by a reckless driver or involved in a crash that occurs for any other reason (such as poor road conditions or inexperience), they may notice many changes in their lives. Not only do these accidents frequently result in physical pain, injuries, hospital bills and emotional trauma, but they can disrupt a victim’s life in other ways. For example, one’s career may be temporarily affected by the accident or permanently derailed due to an inability to walk. If you are recovering from a motorcycle wreck, it is crucial to understand how the consequences of the accident could potentially affect your career.
From making sure their bike is easily seen on Pennsylvania roads to choosing a strong helmet to protect their heads, motorcyclists have a lot to worry about to stay safe while riding. However, many riders are probably not aware that insects can also be a problem, perhaps even a serious one, for motorcycles and their riders. Bug encounters can range from annoying to potentially dangerous.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, motorcycle crashes in the state decreased by 7.5 percent between 2017 and 2016. Rather than illustrate a steady decline, however, a look at the department’s reported figures from 2013 to 2017 shows troubling fluctuations in not just the number of crashes involving motorcycles, but also the number of fatal injury crashes involving a motorcycle. At the time of compiling this article, the Pennsylvania D.O.T. had not yet published the statistics for 2018.
Our law office has covered many issues related to motorcycle wrecks on this blog. Sometimes, these accidents are the result of a motorcyclist's error, such as someone who rides drunk or does not have very much experience. Even if you are an extremely experienced motorcyclist who always focuses on riding safely, you may be hurt or even killed in a wreck caused by an inexperienced motorcyclist, especially if you regularly ride in a group. It is essential for motorcyclists to stay safe and be cognizant of any risk factors that could endanger their safety while they are riding.
Motorcycles can be dangerous for many reasons, but some situations are especially concerning. For example, some people like to ride with their friends and this can be disastrous when things go wrong on the road. When motorcyclists ride in a group, there may be multiple wrecks if one of the motorcyclists who is riding in the front of the group crashes. Moreover, there are other hazards that can be present when a group of motorcyclists is on the road.
Motorcyclists face countless threats on the road, many of which have been covered in detail on our blog. In this blog, we will take a closer look at speeding and the different reasons why this behavior is so dangerous, especially when it comes to motorcycle accidents. Sadly, many drivers Pittsburgh and other parts of Pennsylvania frequently go over the speed limit and show no regard for the safety of motorcyclists (or anyone else on the road, for that matter).
Many people are addicted to their smartphones in the digital age, and this is especially concerning on the road. While many people realize how dangerous it is to drive a car or truck while using a phone, some people do not realize that phone use is very problematic when it comes to motorcycle accidents as well. Not only can a crash happen when someone operating a motorcycle uses his or her phone on the road, but an accident may also occur when a passenger is using a phone.
Motorcyclists face many risks every time they take to the road, but poor visibility is especially concerning. Whether the driver of another vehicle has difficulty seeing a motorcyclist or a motorcyclist is unable to see the road well, riding a motorcycle in these conditions can be dangerous in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania. At our law firm, we know how devastating motorcycle collisions can be for motorcyclists and those they love, which is why we believe it is so important to focus on prevention. Sadly, it is already too late for some victims and those who have found themselves in this position because of a negligent driver should know their rights.