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The dangers of motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2022 | Auto Accident Injuries |

The Birmingham highways are typically filed with a wide range of vehicles, including motorcycles. Many Alabama residents enjoy motorcycling as not only a method of transportation, but a fun and enjoyable hobby.

Unfortunately, many tragic accidents resulting in catastrophic injuries or death involve motorcycles. According to Drive Safe Alabama, in 2019, there were 1,867 motorcycle accidents. Out of that number, 1,213 involved injuries and 90 involved fatalities.

Drivers may forget that motorcycles have the same legal rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the road. This means that cars should not drive recklessly or negligently when trying to maneuver around a motorcycle, believing that only the motorcyclist has the responsibility to drive safely. Due to the small size of motorcycles, sometimes drivers may also simply not see a motorcyclist when making a turn, causing a collision.

Motorcyclists have the same rights as drivers

This is one of many reasons that drivers of all vehicles should avoid drunk or distracted driving and always keep eyes on the road. Car drivers should remain aware that the road is meant to be shared with motorcycles and all other legally allowed vehicles. Motorcyclists can fulfill their legal duty to drive safely by wearing a helmet and abiding by all traffic laws.

Motorcycle accidents commonly result in greater injuries and repercussions than car accidents. The motorcyclist may experience traumatic or life-threatening injuries, leading to high medical costs, missed time at work, or even a lost job. This is in addition to the severe physical and emotional pain experienced by many victims of motorcycle accidents.

There may be compensation available for motorcycle accident victims experiencing any of these devastating consequences. It is a good idea to review the situation with a qualified professional and discuss all options.