My Mother Always Said Motorcycles Were Dangerous. Was She Right?
For some people, riding a motorcycle can be one of the greatest pleasures they’ll ever experience. As with any situation, though, there’s no way to completely remove all danger involved with riding. Think of it this way, guns and cars are dangerous when not used responsibly. Likewise, motorcycles can also be dangerous when driven irresponsibly. Driving a motorcycle takes more focus and concentration than driving a car. It’s also more physically challenging. So, what’s the verdict? Are motorcycles dangerous?
Recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) show motorcycle deaths up by 8.3%. A motorcyclist is 6 to 7 times more likely to die in an accident than are people in a car. In 2015, NHTSA reported that speed was a factor in 33% of motorcycle riders’ deaths. Another 40% of rider deaths was caused by not wearing a helmet.
Page County is reporting a motorcycle crash on August 24, 2020. The crash happened on Route 340 in Stanley, Virginia. The motorcycle driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and cross a solid center line to pass a car ahead of it. The motorcycle then crashed into a Toyota Camry that was turning into a shopping center. The collision tragically killed 26 year old LaDonna Norris of Stanley.
Stay Safe on a Motorcycle
There will also be dangers like bad weather, gravel, and potholes that no motorcycle rider can do anything about. But, there are some things that riders can look out for:
- Watch out for rain after a long, dry period. Oils collect on the roads and, after a first rain, can be very slick.
- You often find salt on the road in freezing weather. This can cause problems since it affects the traction of the bike’s tires.
- Having a set of good tires may offer better traction
- Upgrading brake elements such as the brake line, calipers or pads may help you stop faster. In fact, making an investment in Anti-lock brakes has proven to be a lifesaver for many. Motorcycles equipped with ABS are 37% less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without them.
- Drive defensively. Be extra cautious and more alert, watching out for cars that change lanes suddenly, and don’t tailgate so you have plenty of time to react.
How Fast Should I Act After An Accident?
When you’re injured in a motorcycle accident in Virginia and West Virginia, you must be aware of the statute of limitations which applies in your particular case. The statute of limitations refers to the time you have following an accident to file a lawsuit. In Virginia and West Virginia, this time limit depends upon the circumstances of your accident and injury. The time limitation starts to run on the date of the accident. Filing a claim with an insurance company does not extend or delay the time.
The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the greater the risk that the statute of limitations time limit will expire. If it does, you may lose your right to sue the at-fault party and recover compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been seriously injured and someone else is at fault, you should contact a personal injury attorney at the earliest possible time. Contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer early in your case will help prevent deadlines from expiring and will allow your case to be properly prepared.
To be able to determine whether you have a case, your lawyer needs to thoroughly investigate the details about your accident and injuries. Investigating the accident and collecting information is much easier if it occurs quickly after the accident has happened. A time delay can result in many problems like lost evidence and witnesses who can’t be found.
When you hire a lawyer to handle your motorcycle accident claim, he or she will first negotiate with the insurance company to try to settle your claim. If settlement negotiations break down, your attorney will prepare to file a lawsuit and prepare your case for trial. For this reason, it is especially important that you get an experienced lawyer to help with your case, such as one certified through the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
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