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Risks of Riding a Motorcycle

Risks of Riding a Motorcycle

If you’ve ridden a motorcycle before, you know nothing beats that feeling of being out on the road, cruising along on two wheels. While it can be a very enjoyable activity, it doesn’t change the fact that being on a motorcycle makes you vulnerable to accidents or injuries.

Statistically, your chances of dying in a motorcycle accident are much higher than in an auto accident. So, before you go out for a spin, be sure you know the risks you take when riding a motorcycle.

1. Lack of Protection

One of the major differences between motorcycles and cars is the lack of a physical barrier around the rider. This automatically creates more of a risk for motorcyclists. But, motorcyclists can make themselves more at risk by failing to wear proper protective gear. This includes tall boots covering the ankle, leather or very thick pants and jackets. And most importantly, motorcyclists should always wear a helmet.

2. Other Vehicles

Another huge risk to motorcyclists are other drivers. When drivers are distracted, it doesn’t take much for someone to drift into another lane (whether oncoming traffic or not). This can prove deadly for those riding a motorcycle. Even getting clipped by a car can send a motorcycle out of control.
Cars waiting to turn can also be a huge risk to motorcyclists. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for some drivers to gauge just how fast a motorcycle is moving, or they overestimate their ability to make a left-hand turn. Either way, turning cars are a risk for riders. When you come to an intersection, be extra cautious.

3. Braking Hard

When drivers aren’t paying attention, or if they are following another car too closely (this also applies to motorcyclists) they may be required to brake hard or unexpectedly. This is dangerous when you drive a car, but it is even more of a risk when you are riding a motorcycle. Most of the braking power comes from your front wheel, but braking too hard could cause you to fly over your handlebars. And if you aren’t able to stop in time, you have much less protection than a vehicle does.

4. The Elements

Another risk you have when riding a motorcycle is simply being exposed to the elements. Rain will not only leave you soaking wet, but the roads are slippery and you have less visibility. Snow and ice also make for very dangerous roads.

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and are dealing with injuries, you may not be in a position to take care of all the insurance adjustments or other involved parties. It’s important to know that there are resources for you out there. The attorneys at Cockayne Law can help you with physical or emotional injuries and wrongful death in motorcycle accidents. Not only that, but they have experience in auto accidents, dog bites, slip and fall incidents, as well as cyclist and pedestrian accidents. No matter what situation you may find yourself in after an accident, Cockayne Law is there to help.

 

5 Common Car Accident Myths

5 Common Car Accident Myths

When it comes to car accidents, there are many commonly believed “facts” about what should happen after the wreck. The only problem is, these beliefs are usually myths. Here are five common car accident myths, and what you really need to do after you’ve been in an accident.

Myth #1: The Police Will Decide Who is At Fault

When you’ve been in a significant accident, the police will likely show up. While you may think that they will determine who is at fault, but the truth is they are there to write up an accident report. The report may be useful later if you decide to go to court, but liability will be determined by a judge or insurance companies. While an accident report is helpful, make sure you take as many notes of your own as you can as well as plenty of photos and maybe even video.

Myth #2: You and the Other Driver Can Work It Out

After you’ve been in an accident you may be tempted to admit fault. You may do so willingly or unintentionally while you try to work accident details with the other driver. Don’t admit fault! If it’s a minor accident, exchange insurance information (without admitting fault). And if it’s a larger accident, you may want to hire an accident attorney (while still refraining from admitting fault!).

Myth #3: Work with your insurance to handle the claim

You will have to work with an adjuster from your insurance company to get the damages settled after your auto insurance, but that doesn’t mean everything will be covered or that the company has your best interest in mind. Thoroughly review offers your insurance company makes (which may be easier to do in a simple fender bender). And be careful when talking with the other driver’s insurance!

Myth #4: You Can’t Sue for Injuries Later

If you’re in an accident and suffer from whiplash, it could be weeks before your symptoms manifest. So, when it comes to suing for injuries after the fact, you can do so as long as it’s within your state’s statute of limitations. In serious car accidents, it’s wise to seek medical attention even if you don’t have any obvious symptoms immediately following the collision.

Myth #5: Hiring an Accident Attorney Isn’t Worth It

You may be able to get away with handling your own paperwork and damages with a minor fender bender. But in accidents anything more serious than that, it is worth hiring an accident attorney. Your attorney will represent and fight for you – whether that’s for fault, damage to your vehicle, injuries, or anything else necessary to get you back on track after a car accident. If you’ve been in an auto accident, it is well worth it to hire an attorney from Cockayne Law. With a free consultation, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Cockayne Law will be your advocate to ensure everything is settled fairly. Avoid this fifth myth and contact them today!