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Motorcycle accidents increase in summer

While in the middle of summer, it is not uncommon to see motorcycle enthusiasts head out on the roads, whether it is in the Allegheny, Pennsylvania region or anywhere across the country. It is not hard to understand why motorcyclists embrace their time on two wheels; whether it is the warm breeze in their face or the intimacy of a bike and its rider with the road, the allure and passion for motorcycle riding is tangible. But motorcyclists do have unique risks that typical car drivers do not have to worry about.

Unfortunately, often, a motorcycle accident is not due to any fault or negligence of the motorcycle driver. Motorcycles and motorcyclists on them are significantly smaller in size than cars, which makes them harder to see or recognize on the roads. Data suggests that about 70 percent of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections, and that in about two-thirds of accidents, the driver of the other vehicle is at fault.

Riding a motorcycle requires a number of skills not necessary for drivers in traditional cars. Hitting a pothole or gravel on the roads may lead to a sudden and unexpected jolt to someone in a car, hitting any number of road hazards on a motorcycle can easily lead to an accident. And after an accident occurs, a motorcyclist is often left in an extremely vulnerable position either by leaving the bike or being thrown onto the road with additional traffic, or even being thrown off the road onto objects just off the road such as signs, trees or guardrails. Motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in an accident and 26 times more likely to die in an accident versus someone driving a traditional car.

If you have suffered injuries due to a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for damages and your injuries. This could include not only payments for your medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, but may cover pain and suffering as well as lost wages. In order to see whether you qualify, you may want to reach out to law firm familiar with personal injury to see whether you have a case worth pursuing.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," Accessed on July 10, 2017

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