Driving on a public roadway can be complicated and dangerous. Colorado, like every other state, is comprised of a complex network of highways, main roads, back roads, and unpaved passages. Every motorist must be alert to changing circumstances whenever and wherever they commute: fluctuating weather conditions, road conditions, traffic patterns, speed limits, etc. Drivers must be aware of themselves, and perhaps more importantly, everyone else with whom they share the road, including other drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bike riders. Next time you are behind the wheel, be a conscientious driver and take extra care to keep motorcyclists safe. If you have been injured by a negligent driver, contact a motorcycle accident attorney.
Every year, thousands of motorcycle riders die in serious accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that “in 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes.” Motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable to serious injury and death after a collision because motorcycles are so much smaller, containing fewer safety features and insulating properties than cars and trucks. A low speed, relatively minor accident in a car that results in a deployed airbag and a broken nose could be deadly for a motorcyclist. This reality is reflected in traffic fatality statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who noted that cyclist fatalities in 2013 “account for 14% of the total highway fatalities that year, despite motorcycle registrations representing only 3% of all vehicles in the United States in the same year.” Tragically, motorcycle riders are vastly overrepresented in deadly traffic accidents.
If you ride a motorcycle, make sure you never take your safety for granted. Always wear a helmet, and be mindful of road conditions and weather forecasts whenever you go for a ride. Always ensure that your bike is in proper working order, and never go for a ride that you aren't confident your experience level can handle safely. Never participate in risky behavior like speeding or weaving in and out of traffic. If you drive a car or a truck, do your part to keep motorcycle riders out of harm's way. When the weather is nice, always be prepared and on the lookout for motorcycles. Give a motorcycle the widest margin you can safely accommodate. Take extra care to check your mirrors and your blind spot, don't forget that motorcycles are small and can easily disappear in your blind spot.
If you've been injured in a serious accident, you may need the help of the Denver personal injury attorney. With over a decade of experience, we know we can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal today at 303-825-2333 to schedule your free initial consultation.