There are many hazards on our roadways that apply to all drivers. Poor road design, potholes, weather conditions – these are all factors that contribute to auto accidents no matter what type of vehicle you are driving. But motorcyclists face some hazards that are unique to them.
Motorcycles are much different than other vehicles because of their design and lack of structural support. While this enhances the feeling of being on the open road, it presents some problems that shouldn’t be ignored.
Problems Unique to Motorcyclists
Some of the problems and hazards that are unique to motorcyclists and motorcycles include the following:
- Low Visibility – Motorcycles are smaller, and therefore are less visible on the road.
- Two Wheel Design – Motorcycles only have two wheels, which makes general hazards on the road much more dangerous. Two wheels can amplify hazards like potholes, puddles, road debris, and railroad tracks.
- Misalignment – If a motorcycle’s tires are misaligned, it may begin to wobble, especially at higher speeds. This can cause the motorcyclist to lose control more easily.
- Debris Collection – Unlike an automobile, a motorcycle can collect debris and dirt on the interior. This can be dangerous because dirt can clog parts and cause the motorcycle to run poorly or not run at all.
These hazards are unique or more significant for motorcyclists. But those are not the only things that are unique to motorcyclists. If you are injured in an accident and file a personal injury claim, you may face some unique circumstances there as well.
Motorcyclists are often discriminated against or stereotyped as being:
- In a gang
- Being mean
- Being uneducated
- Being a risk-taker
These stereotypes are largely false, but they can impact your ability to recover compensation after an accident. Insurance companies tend to make assumptions and fail to sympathize with injured motorcyclists.
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Guldjian & Fasel Accident Attorneys. We understand the unique circumstances that surround motorcyclists and motorcycle accidents. Our goal is to overcome obstacles and help injured motorcyclists get the compensation they deserve.