Every person on the road is at some risk of being involved in motor vehicle accident, whether the crash is their fault or someone else's fault. But while everyone can be in danger of getting hurt, certain people are particularly vulnerable and may be more likely to suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries.
This includes Florida motorcyclists who have little or no protection from the impact of a collision. With this in mind, it can be important to understand which riders can be at a higher risk of accident to begin with.
According to statistics from the Insurance Information Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following types of riders can be at an increased risk of getting seriously injured in a motorcycle accident:
- Older riders with declining vision and/or reaction time
- Riders on certain bikes, including larger-sized bikes that are more likely to roll over and supersport motorcycles
- Riders who have been drinking
- Passengers and riders who do not wear helmets
- Riders without valid motorcycle licenses
These riders may be more likely to lose control of their bike or get severely hurt or killed in a crash.
Knowing this could remind riders of the many steps they can take to stay safer on the road. These include:
- Wearing protective gear, including a helmet
- Refraining from driving after drinking
- Securing proper permission to ride and complying with all traffic laws
- Recognizing the risks of certain bikes and using appropriate caution
- Driving defensively around other drivers to avoid last-second braking or swerving
Unfortunately, even when riders take reasonable precautions to avoid a motorcycle accident, they are still at risk of serious injury in a crash caused by someone else. In these situations, the damages can be immense, from extreme emotional distress to wrongful death. As such, discussing the potential for legal remedies and compensation with an attorney can be crucial.