Gas prices seem to only continue increasing, which makes the cost of driving a near fortune. Everyone is looking for ways to save on gas and one common way is to drive a more fuel- efficient vehicle. One of the most fuel-efficient vehicles is a motorcycle or scooter. Unfortunately, this form of transportation increases the number and odds of being in a motorcycle accident.
Due to the size of motorcycles, other drivers often claim that they never even saw the motorcycle when becoming involved in an accident with one. But motorcyclists are owed the same deference as anyone else on the road. The fact that a driver may not have seen another car before colliding with it does not relieve the driver of liability and the same principle applies to a motorcycle.
Because there are no doors, windshields or seatbelts on motorcycles, the risk of a serious or fatal injury from riding on a motorcycle is much higher than riding in a car.
A Miami man died last week from injuries suffered in an accident with a car. The passenger on his motorcycle was taken to a nearby hospital, but her injuries were not life-threatening.
The crash occurred on Pines Boulevard. Both drivers were traveling westbound when the car changed lanes into the motorcycle early Sunday evening. The motorcyclist also may have been hit after the initial accident by another motorcycle, but the details of the accident are still under investigation.
Both the motorcyclist and his passenger were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.
Because many motorcycle accidents lead to serious injuries, a motorcyclist injured due to the negligence of another motorist may be entitled to compensation. The injured individual may be able to recover medical costs, as well as any short or long-term needs that would not have been necessary had the accident not occurred.
Source: Sun Sentinel, "Police identify man killed in Pines Boulevard motorcycle crash," Tonya Alanez, Jan. 30, 2013