If you own a motorcycle, you know it can be an exciting and efficient way to get around. However, you might also be aware that there are distinct hazards associated with motorcycle use.
Learning about the impact of motorcycle accidents and the options you can take if you experience one can help you protect yourself.
Riding a motorcycle can be risky
Choosing to ride a motorcycle can put you at greater risk of severe injuries or even death in an accident. First, motorcycles are more vulnerable to weather changes, including snow and rain, which can increase the likelihood of a crash. Also, motorcyclists lack protection when an accident happens, so their injuries tend to be worse.
To prevent severe injuries, you should use protective gear, including a quality helmet, when you ride. Avoid hazardous maneuvers, like weaving in traffic or sharing lanes with other motorists. Finally, you should never ride your motorcycle while intoxicated or distracted.
Motorcyclists have legal options
Serious injuries after a motorcycle crash can result in pain, trauma, hospital bills and lost wages. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you can file an insurance claim or consider legal options to get the support you need. Most Maryland motorists have personal injury protection, which means you can obtain coverage from your insurer. Furthermore, you can file a claim with an at-fault driver’s insurance if someone else caused the crash. Finally, in some severe cases, a personal injury lawsuit might be necessary for you to receive sufficient compensation.
As a motorcyclist, you face additional dangers. You can benefit from practicing road safety and knowing your options in case of an accident.