Is it more dangerous to drive a motorcycle than an automobile?
Statistically, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to die in an accident than someone in a car. Because of their small size and lack of crashworthiness, motorcycles offer little protection to their operators, and don't respond as well as cars to inclement weather or adverse road conditions. In addition, they're more difficult for automobile drivers to see, which can also cause collisions, particularly at intersections where motorcycles can easily be blocked from view by other, larger vehicles.
How can I reduce my chances of having a motorcycle accident?
It's possible to reduce your chance of having a motorcycle accident by observing the following guidelines:
- Follow the rules of the road
- Don't drive while impaired
- Honor speed limits
- Be aware of other vehicles
- Wear a helmet
By using common sense and care, you can greatly reduce your chance of accident or injury.
My state doesn't have a helmet law. Why should I wear one?
While most states now have seat belt laws, requiring drivers to buckle up, many states still don't require motorcyclists to wear helmets. Nevertheless, whether your state law requires it or not, you should always wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle. A motorcycle doesn't have seat belts or air bags, so a helmet is one of the few forms of protection you have in case of an accident. Since up to 98% of motorcycle accidents result in injuries, you want to take advantage of whatever protection you can. In addition, protecting your head with a helmet can make the difference between minor cuts and bruises and catastrophic brain injury or even death.
What should I do if I'm involved in a motorcycle accident?
It's important to remain calm if you're involved in a motorcycle accident. Call 911 immediately, particularly if anyone has been injured. Exchange insurance information with the other involved driver, if there is one, but don't make any statements that could be interpreted as admitting fault. Contact your insurance company, and also contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident in the Nashville, Tennessee area and are in need of legal assistance, please contact James R. Omer & Associates, PLLC. We'll do everything we can to help you get the compensation you need and deserve to help you deal with your injuries and get your life back on track.