As per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, a motorcyclist is 27 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than a driver or passenger in another motor vehicle. Almost half of all motorcycle accident fatalities result from the motorcyclist alone being involved in a single vehicle accident. When another vehicle is involved, that other vehicle is at fault about two-thirds of the time. As a Wisconsin motorcycle injury attorney, the best advice to give riders is to always wear a helmet. Here’s some other good safety advice from a Wisconsin biker lawyer who represents bikers in accidents across the state.
When you’re in traffic, always keep in mind that you and your bike present a smaller and narrower profile, even in the daytime with your lights on. Most drivers who are at fault in accidents involving motorcycles report that they either never even saw the motorcycle, or they didn’t see it until it was too late.
Intersections and Left Turns
Most accidents involving motorcycles and other vehicles involve the drivers of the other vehicles failing to yield the right-of-way when making left turns in intersections. Beware of any intersection. The average intersection avoidance time for a biker in a left turn situation is about two seconds.
How severe a rider’s injuries might be can depend on the size of the motorcycle, its speed at time of impact and alcohol involvement. Don’t drink and ride, and always remember that that size does matter. The larger and heavier that your motorcycle is, the higher the chance is that you’ll suffer serious injuries in a crash. Don’t buy a bike that’s too large for you to handle.
Many motorcyclists enjoy a lifetime of riding without ever being in an accident. Maintaining a safe and proper speed is also a key to this.
If you did suffer injuries in a Wisconsin motorcycle accident that was caused by somebody else, contact a Menomonee personal injury attorney from our office. We can arrange for a free consultation and case review. Don’t hesitate to contact us.