Riding a motorcycle can be both fun and economical. Whether you take leisure rides along the coast on the weekends or commute with your bike to work every single day, motorcycle riding can save you money at the gas pumps and add an air of exhilaration to traveling or commuting. However, motorcyclists are also vulnerable in a way that people who drive trucks or passenger cars are not. For example, even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet, they can be severely injured or killed more easily than someone protected by two doors, a roof, a steel frame and airbag technology that deploys on impact. The motorcyclist has only their helmet on their head and their clothes on their back to protect them if they are involved in an accident. If you were hurt in a bike crash because of another motorist’s negligence and want to talk over your legal options with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Camden, contact the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to learn more about your rights as an accident victim.
Motorcycle crash injury and death statistics
According to a report released by the Insurance Information Institute, less than two-thirds of motorcyclists wore helmets in the United States in 2012. Nearly 5,300 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes in 2016, and an estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015. Most motorcyclist injuries occur during the afternoon and evening hours, between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on both weekdays and weekend days. As many as 84,000 motorcycles were estimated to have been involved in injury crashes in 2016, and 30 percent of motorcyclists killed that year are reported to have had alcohol play a contributing role in the crash that resulted in their deaths.
Tips for riding safely
Although you cannot stop other motorists from engaging in negligent behavior, you can do a few things to make sure that when you ride, you are riding as safely as possible. Here are some things to do (or not do) as a safety-minded motorcyclist:
- Always wear a helmet
- Never drink and ride
- Make sure your mirrors are always clean so you can see others around you
- Consider wearing “armor”-style protective outer clothing to pad you from the road in the event of an accident
- Make sure your bike is always in good repair
- Make sure your headlights and tail lights are in working order
- Ride defensively
- Avoid speeding and be sure to obey all traffic laws while you ride
The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help
If you need a motorcycle accident lawyer in Camden, our attorneys can help. We specialize in taking on motorcycle accident injury cases and take pride in our ability to help our clients recover damages in court. As a victim, you could be entitled to receive financial compensation from the party that was liable for your injuries, and we want to help you get every dollar you deserve and are qualified to receive by law. Let us be your legal advocates. Call today for a free consultation.