It’s a sad reality that many people have prejudice against motorcycles. People wrongfully believe riding a motorcycle is reckless and riders shouldn’t have the same legal protections as those in cars because they are assuming additional risks by simply riding. In actuality, motorcyclists have the same rights on the roads and after collisions as any other vehicle operator. While motorcycles do not provide the protection passenger cars do, that doesn’t mean motorcyclists’ lives should be put in danger by the carelessness of others.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks
If drivers safely share the roads with motorcycles, there would be very few motorcycle wrecks. Unfortunately, drivers often engage in behaviors that cause motorcycle riders to lose control or cause a direct collision.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle wrecks include:
- Passing a motorcycle too closely – Passenger vehicles and large trucks create a powerful gust of wind when they drive. If they pass too closely to a motorcycle, this gust of wind can cause the motorcycle to lose control.
- Not looking for motorcycles before turning or lane changing – Many motorcycle injuries are caused by collisions where drivers try to change lanes or make a turn without actually looking for motorcycles first.
- Drunk drivers – Intoxicated drivers are a huge roadway danger. Because alcohol can cause drivers to be visually impaired, drunk drivers may not even see motorcycles on the road, or not see them in time to prevent a collision.
- Distracted drivers – Any type of distraction on the road is unacceptable. When drivers allow themselves to be distracted by cell phones, eating, or talking to passengers, it greatly increases the risk of a wreck, particularly with motorcycles.
Because motorcycles do not offer protection to riders, any wreck results in serious injuries and sometimes even death. Recovery from motorcycle injuries is long, painful, and often very expensive. Motorcycle riders shouldn’t have to take on this burden alone and they have the legal right to pursue justice.
Houston Motorcycle Injury Lawyer
If you suffered motorcycle injuries, do not wait to contact The McMillan Law Firm. We understand the prejudices people have against motorcycles and we know how to fight these prejudices to protect your rights and obtain compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.