When you own a cruiser you own it for the purposes of really enjoying your time out on your bike. Hence the name – cruiser. It is just you and the open air, enjoying the sights and weather in and around Beaver County. We know that you do your best to stay safe when you go out riding, but you cannot control the actions of those around you.
Do you know where to turn if someone else’s negligence causes you harm when you are on your motorcycle?
When you need a Beaver County cruiser accident attorney, you can turn to the team at SMT Legal for help recovering the compensation you deserve.
The Risks Involved
We know that anytime you head out on the roadway, regardless of what kind of vehicle you are using, that there are risks. When you own a motorcycle, you take extra care to mitigate those risks by operating safely. Unfortunately, all too often drivers are careless around motorcyclists.
During the latest reporting year for Pennsylvania, there were a total of 3,194 motorcycle crashes. Out of those, 185 people lost their lives. If we look at the DOT’s numbers, those statistics have stayed pretty steady over the last five years.
Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other people on the roadways. Even when a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet, they are at more risk than a passenger in a vehicle. It is not uncommon to see the following injuries after a motorcycle accident:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, often with paralysis
- Major soft tissue damage
- Amputations of extremities
- Broken and dislocated bones
These injuries all require major and immediate medical attention. Often, a motorcycle accident victim needs long-term, even lifelong care.
Will your insurance cover all of these expenses?
What if you cannot work and lose out on income and benefits?
Many motorcycle accidents happen simply because a driver is not paying attention. It is not uncommon for a vehicle to change lanes right into a motorcycle. Take into account that motorcycles are more likely to fall into blind spots, but this is no excuse for not looking before changing lanes.
We also know that drunk drivers pose a major threat to motorcyclists, as do drivers who operate while distracted by their cell phones or other devices.