One of the primary factors in motorcycle collisions involves a lack of visibility—drivers of automobiles may be unable to see the motorcyclist due to the much smaller size. In some cases the automobile driver may turn directly in front of an oncoming motorcyclist, or may change lanes or back out of a parking space or driveway without seeing the cyclist. A full 42 percent of all two-vehicle motorcycle fatalities involve a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle is going straight (and has the right-of-way).
Other times, a driver may open their vehicle door without properly looking, causing the motorcyclist to slam into the door. Overall, motorcyclists are thirty-five times more likely to experience a fatal accident on the roadways than those in a passenger vehicle. Between 4,000 and 5,000 motorcyclists are killed each year in highway accidents, with another 100,000 sustaining serious injury. Other factors involved in motorcycle accidents include inclement weather, speeding, inexperienced motorcyclists, roadway defects or distracted driving by the motorcyclist or vehicle driver.
Because motorcyclists are already at a disadvantage as far as size and visibility, there are a number of things motorcyclists can do to be seen by other drivers such as:
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Colorado Springs, you need an experienced and skilled motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Contact the experienced Colorado Springs motorcycle accident attorneys at the Green Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation consultation and discuss your case. Call us today at 1-719-694-8515.