As summertime fast approaches, the subject of motorcycle safety is a timely one. Although the number of motorcycle fatalities may be falling, 4,600 motorcyclists were killed in 2013. In some circumstances, motorcyclists may contribute to accidents leading to injuries or death, however, many motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists rather than motorcyclists.

Because motorists can cause serious motorcycle accidents that can lead to injuries and death, it is important for motorists to understand how they can exercise due care to keep motorcyclists safe. Some of the ways motorists can help keep motorcyclists safe on the roadways and prevent motorcycle accidents include exercising extra caution on weekends when motorcyclists are more likely to be on the roadways; allow motorcyclists enough space to adequately maneuver; allowing motorcyclists extra space to adequately maneuver in roadway areas that may be less than ideal; and taking extra precautions to account for the fact that motorcycles are smaller visual targets that may be missed in a blind spot or when a motorist is turning in front of a motorcycle.

Just as motorcyclists have rights on the roadways, such as the same rights motorists enjoy to roadway space and lanes, motorcyclists also have rights and protections when injured or harmed. Compensation may be available to assist motorcyclists with damages while they recover from injuries or other harm suffered in a motorcycle accident. Similarly, compensation may be available to family members of motorcycle accident victims to assist with damages while families recover from the harm of a motorcycle accident and the loss of a loved one.

When a motorist has failed to exercise due care and caused injury or other harm to a motorcyclist, the motorist may be responsible to compensate the motorcyclist, or the motorcyclist’s family, for the harm suffered. It can be important for injured motorcyclists and families who have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident to fully understand their rights when harmed.

Source: AAA Exchange, “Motorcycle Safety,” Accessed April 20, 2015