Motorcyclists can enjoy riding around Sarasota all year long, so the residents here don’t really have an excuse for not watching for them. Unfortunately, some people don’t give these vehicles the respect they’re due on the road. Many motorists believe that they are superior to motorcyclists because their vehicle is bigger than the two-wheeled one. This can lead them to violating the motorcycle’s right-of-way, which can be tragic.
The thing that many people might not realize is just how dangerous these motorcycle crashes are. A person who’s on a motorcycle is five times more likely to be injured and 26 times more likely to die than a person in another vehicle. When you think about those statistics, you can understand how important it is to give motorcyclists respect on the roads.
Some people might think that these accidents are the motorcyclist’s fault, but this isn’t usually the case. Motorcyclists are typically very safe drivers. In fact, in two-thirds of cases that involve a motorcycle and other vehicle, the other vehicle is the one at fault because that driver didn’t give the motorcyclist their due right-of-way. This problem is especially prevalent at intersections, which is where 70% of vehicle versus motorcycle crashes occur.
Motorcyclists who are struck by another vehicle may need significant medical care if they survive the wreck. They may opt to seek compensation from the driver who slammed into them. This can help them to recover the damages they faced due to the other driver’s negligence. The process must be started quickly because state laws limit the amount of time victims have to take this action.