Vulnerability on Motorcycles
Motorcycles can be a bit of a double-edged sword. While they represent unparalleled freedom on the open road, they also leave riders extremely vulnerable to injury or death in the event of a crash.
There are a number of risks motorcycle riders should be conscious of when out on the road, particularly the presence and behavior of other drivers and vehicles. Other motorists often fail to look out for motorcycles when turning or changing lanes, and impaired or distracted driving makes conditions dangerous for everyone.
Even expert riders are at risk
In one recent case, an intoxicated driver of an SUV drifted into the wrong lane and struck a Mesa police officer on a motorcycle. The officer was pinned under the SUV and seriously injured, and the drunk driver is now facing charges of endangerment and unlawful flight from law enforcement, among others.
The injuries the officer sustained may keep him from working for a long time and are likely to result in huge medical bills. Although workers’ compensation may play a role in this case, other motorcyclists might not be so lucky. If an accident does occur, it’s important to determine fault and hold other drivers accountable for their irresponsible actions or negligence, especially if driving under the influence or distracted driving is involved.
What about you?
Anyone who wants to ride a motorcycle must pass a distinct set of tests to obtain a special license, but this does not protect riders from the actions of other motorists. If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident in Arizona, be sure to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.