According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a branch of the United States Department of Transportation, motorcycle riders experience greater risk and numbers of fatalities than motor vehicle drivers. In 2019, some 5,014 motorcyclists died on the roads of the United States. While drivers are urged to share the road with motorcyclists while also staying alert, motorcycle drivers can also take some steps to increase their level of safety on the road while decreasing the risk of injury in the event of a motorcycle accident. If an accident does occur, a Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer can help.
As noted by the NHTSA, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to die in a crash and are four times more likely to be injured. Motorcycle driving is also complex and requires a significant degree of coordination, balance, and good judgment to maintain safe conditions on the road. Even with the safest and most conscientious driving, however, motorcycle drivers can still be hit by motor vehicle drivers who are not paying attention or following the rules of the road. When you are injured as a result of distracted driving, drunk driving, or otherwise irresponsible driving of another driver, you are entitled to damages.
Going through a motorcycle accident can be substantially risky to the motorcycle driver or drivers involved, and if the only damages are to your motorcycle, then you are very lucky. When your motorcycle is involved in a crash, however, it is likely that the rider will hit the road, whether with the body or the head.
NHTSA reports that helmets that meet the DOT (Department of Transportation) standard help to protect the head and brain during motorcycle accidents and help to save the lives of motorcycle drivers. Safe helmets have hard outer shells, stiff foam-lined interiors, varying comfort liners, strong rivers for the chin strap, and a face/chin protector and face shield.
These features can mean the difference between a protected motorcyclist who suffers a minor concussion in a crash, or without these features, suffers severe traumatic brain injury or death. Motorcyclists with the greatest skills and attentiveness can still be hit by inattentive drivers, and a helmet can save your life.
Being in a motorcycle accident can be especially harmful and damaging, both to your body and to your motorcycle. Before making statements to the opposing insurance company or attorneys, it is best to have a legal advocate of your own to assist on your case and to best represent your interests. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, after seeking out medical attention and having a follow-up with your physician to ensure no lesser injuries go unnoticed, reaching out to a local Chicago motorcycle accident attorney will lead to the best outcome in your case.
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