Motorcycle Accidents | Tenge Law Firm Blog
If you’re an avid motorcycle rider, or have a family member who is, you’re likely well aware of the dangers involved. In fact, it’s probably no surprise to you that, in collisions between motorcycles and passenger vehicles, the motorcyclist is 34 times more likely to be killed than the occupants of the other vehicle. This disparity comes because motorcyclists and their passengers don’t have the heavy, steel protection that a car’s body provides.
Motorcycles may be fun to ride, but they can also be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,976 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2015, which was up 8.3 percent from the previous year. Motorcyclists were 29 times more likely to die in an accident than those in a car or other vehicle.
Your senses are alive as you coast down the road. The purring of your bike’s engine, the sun’s rays warming your leather jacket, the cool wind in your face . . . It’s a perfect day to be out riding your motorcycle.
In Colorado, although motorcyclists are required to wear protective eye gear, adults are not required by law to wear helmets. (Minors must wear helmets.)
But should the fact that there is no law affect your decision of whether to wear a helmet?
Those who have the need for speed sometimes turn to motorcycles to experience the road in a whole new way. While fun and exciting, motorcycles can also be dangerous as there is less protection if a crash occurs. Fortunately, knowing about common kinds of accidents involving motorcycles can help bikers and others on the road avoid trouble.
Motorcycle enthusiasts say they enjoy a sense of freedom that can’t be experienced from inside an enclosed motor vehicle. Unfortunately, that freedom often comes with a heightened risk of injury or death. If you’re a motorcycle rider, we encourage you to always wear a helmet in the event that you’re involved in a motorcycle accident.
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