West Palm Beach motorcycle accidents remain a prevalent problem. Unfortunately, many car and truck drivers continue to ignore or fail to see their fellow travelers on motorcycles–deadly collisions often result.
Many local residents are aware of the increased dangers associated with bikes, but the statistics remain sobering. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motorcyclists are seven times more likely to be involved in an accident than car drivers. The current accident rate stands at 72.34 per 100,000 registered motorcycles. However, those figures are misleading, because the accident rate between cars and motorcycles is even more disparate. When comparing total miles traveled motorcyclists are a dishearteningly 35 times more likely to be caught in a fatal accident than car drivers. Of course the reason for the increased risk is largely the open and exposed nature of the vehicles as compared to enclosed four-wheel machines.
But the message is clear: the stakes are always high when motorcyclists get caught in an accident.
The law just as clear in its protections for motorcycle riders–they deserve the same rights and have the same responsibilities as all other vehicles on the road. It is never an excuse for a car driver to claim that the bike was difficult to see or that they misjudged a driving maneuver because of the motorcycle’s size. When a driver negligently causes a motorcycle accident than the law provides a remedy for the victim.
For example, last month recklessness of an area driver led to a deadly Boca Raton motorcycle crash. The Palm Beach Post reported on the motorcycle accident which struck on State Road 7. Authorities indicate that a drunk driver was headed down the wrong side of the road, against on-coming traffic, when his car slammed into the front of Harley Sportster. The motorcycle driver was thrown from his vehicle and died at the scene.
West Palm Beach motorcycle lawyer Eric Luckman handles cases related to motor vehicle accidents–including those with motorcycles. Through little fault of their own, many motorcycle drivers find themselves caught in the crosshairs of negligent drivers who fail to properly share the road. If you or a loved one ever ends up in this situation be sure that you protect your legal rights.
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