With the freedom and exhilaration of riding a motorcycle comes a whole new set of fears and concerns. For one thing, careless drivers often have tendency not to see bikers and, when they do, they treat you like you’re protected by two tons of steel and surrounded by air bags just like they are. Ever since bikers and drivers have had to share the road, there has been a sort unspoken tension.
The problem is that, when taken too far, this tension can easily result in serious injury and even death. Statistically speaking, motorcyclists suffer far more injuries and wrongful death than the car drivers who cause most of the accidents in New Jersey and throughout the US.
It’s a fact of life that drivers don’t “see” bikers. However, some states are getting serious about holding inattentive car drivers liable for their “bike blindness.” Wisconsin resident Mary Berger is an avid motorcyclist who was nearly by killed by reckless teenage driver in 2011. Berger and other riders are now pushing for legislation in Wisconsin that would enact stiffer penalties for careless driving which results in fatality or serious injury. The measure would allow prosecutors to charge careless drivers that cause death or injury with a gross misdemeanor.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that there were 4,381 motor vehicle deaths across the country in 2013. The United States Department of Transportation’s Nation Highway Traffic Administration says bike riders are 35 times more likely to be killed in an accident than drivers of cars. Do the numbers; odds are not in favor of bikers.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motorcycle accident involving a passenger car, talk to an experienced attorney who can help you seek the maximum amount of damages. We all have to travel these roads together, but accident victims shouldn’t have to pay for the carelessness of others.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, Andrew Prince is ready to help you get the justice you deserve. Mr. Prince is an experienced attorney and true advocate motorcycle riders’ rights. Call today for a free consultation.