The rate of motorcycle users all over the world is increasing. Nowadays, some motorists tend to resort to using either public transportation or operating lighter vehicles just to compensate for the rise in the price of petroleum. One such type of light vehicle that some people may use is the motorcycle.
Although motorcycles are known for its ability to evade traffic and bring the rider to his or her destination faster because of the vehicle’s speed and performance, its common setback is on the fact that are one of the major contributors to the ever growing number of accidents in the United States yearly.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), some 4,462 motorcycle fatalities were recorded in the U.S. in 2009.
Meanwhile, here are some of the outstanding factors that affect the increase in the number of mishaps:
- Lack of driver training – Some riders do not have formal training; merely relyingon their ability to balance the vehicle. Also, most of them are not responsible enough in following traffic rules and regulations.
- Low visibility – There are some riders who often wear dark clothing as fashion statements. This –places them into unnecessary risks because other motorists may not see them, especially at night. Additionally, motorcycles are also lighter and more vulnerable to collisions with other larger and heavier vehicles, especially when driving at nighttime.
- Less body protection – Motorcycles, unlike cars, do not cover nor protect the body of the user. Therefore, riders must have wear the necessary protective gears needed for riding the motorcycle, including the helmet. Lack of such and/or any other type of gear may cause the rider to get seriously injured or killed in a traffic crash. If the impact of the collision is great enough to wreck the motorcycle, there might be less chance for the rider to survive.
The riders, therefore, may have the biggest likelihood of getting involved in mishaps. That being said, riders are advised to carry out necessary legal actions, especially if the accident in caused by someone else’s negligence.
It would be for their best interest to seek the assistance of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.