Many of you may recall comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who rose to fame with his slogan “No Respect”. This slogan seems to hold true for motorcyclists on the road today. Cars and trucks show motorcyclists “no respect” as many seem to feel the burden is on the smaller motorcycle to watch out for them and make the necessary adjustments…rules of the road be damned.
What these automobile and truck drivers fail to realize is that while they will likely fare better than a motorcycle rider in an accident (less severe injuries), they may not fare better in a court of law. Personal injury laws and state wrongful death statutes award motorcycle accident victims compensation for injuries or death that was not their fault, but rather the fault of a reckless or negligent motor vehicle driver.
Motorcycle riders need to remember the old saying that: “whether the pitcher hits the stone, or the stone hits the pitcher, it is not going to be good for the pitcher.” In other words, if a motorcycle rider is involved in a motorcycle accident, regardless of who is at fault, it is not going to be good for the motorcycle rider.
Likewise, as more states are campaigning to heighten motorcycle awareness, drivers of trucks, cars and other motor vehicles need to be aware of motorcyclists, especially in the spring, summer and fall seasons, when there are a multitude of bikers on the road. A serious injury resulting from a motorcycle accident, means serious compensation to individuals and families involved in motorcycle accidents caused by careless drivers.
For motor vehicle drivers, please pay attention to the road and your surroundings at all times. Beware of distractions, including cell phones, other passengers and electronic devices. Causing a motorcycle accident, or any other accident cannot only endanger your life, the lives of passengers and the lives of those in the vehicle you crash into, but can also haunt you for the rest of your life, not to mention the financial costs in compensating accident victims if you are found to be at fault.
If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident or any other motor vehicle accident and want to understand your rights and your options, you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer. A skilled attorney can provide you with the information and advice you need to make informed decisions.
Be cautious and always watch out for the “other person”. However, if you are injured in a motorcycle accident or other motor vehicle accident, we are here to help.
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