The Risky Business of Motorcycle Riding
For the motorcycle enthusiast, few things are more enjoyable than a ride on the open road. Even many who otherwise are not particularly keen on riding have taken up motorcycling in recent years for economic reasons. But with the rise in motorcycle use has come an even greater increase in accidents which result in injury, and even death. West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney Stephen J. Press is passionate about defending the rights of clients who are injured in accidents that are no fault of their own.The Statistics
The first decade of the millennium has brought a dramatic increase in motorcycle accident fatalities. The number of deaths nationwide increased only by 150 in the second half of the’90s, with 2,472 in 1999. By 2004 the death toll was 4,008. Last year’s total was 4,500. In just over ten years, then, the death toll has increased by nearly 100% (Centers for Disease Control). Strange as it may seem, the number of states with helmet laws during that time actually decreased—and dramatically.West Palm Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Discusses the Common Causes of These Accidents
Rider carelessness contributes to these statistics. Rush hour commutes can try anyone’s patience; motorcyclists often barrel down the highway in the narrowest of gaps between stopped cars. It is the stuff of a Hollywood car chase. However, at least half of all motorcycle accidents occur because of the negligence of other motorists.
West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney Stephen J. Press assists clients who suffer injuries in accidents who fall victim to drivers who:
- Fail to yield the right of way or stop at stoplights.
- Swerve into the path of the rider.
- Stop too quickly for the motorcyclist to stop.
- Follow motorcycles too closely.
- Simply don’t see the motorcycle.
Motorists should be aware of the limitations of motorcycles. They are not always able to stop quickly; can become imbalanced, especially if they hit a rock in the road or are on slick streets; and there is no metal protecting the rider, as with a car. However, motorcyclists can’t assume that drivers will accommodate their limitations. If you ride a motorcycle, West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney Stephen J. Press suggests that you take precautionary measures:
- Ride defensively – always assume that the driver doesn’t see you.
- Keep your motorcycle in good working order, including tires that are properly inflated.
- Try to keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles.
- If a car is driving beside you, make sure there is no car on the other side—in other words, always leave yourself an out.
- Always wear a helmet.
West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney Stephen J. Press works vigorously with clients who fall victim to the negligence of others on the road. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, call today for a free consultation at (888) 808-2772.