Our motorcycle accident lawyer Iowa residents rely on knows that there is something very freeing about riding a motorcycle. However, with a smaller and less protected vehicle, you must wear safety gear and always be alert when riding. Unfortunately, even the most careful riders can get into an accident when someone else is driving negligently on the road. When this is the case, you want to speak with an attorney to ensure you get compensation for the injuries you have suffered from and any damage done to your motorcycle. Do not hesitate to reach out to Johnston Martineau, LLP to see how we can help you.
Why does riding a motorcycle present unique risks?
Our Iowa motorcycle accident lawyer knows that riding a motorcycle is inherently dangerous. That is why riders take extra precautions to ensure they are careful on the road and that other cars can see them on the road. Some of the reasons why riding a motorcycle is more dangerous are:
- They are less stable. Unlike a car (which can stand up on its own), motorcycles are less stable, particularly when it comes to turning and swerving. Additionally, when a motorcycle is traveling at high speeds they can even become wobbly.
- They require a different skill level. Just because you know how to drive a car does not mean you can successfully ride a motorcycle. You must get a separate license to ride a motorcycle and go through proper training.
- They do not provide proper safety. When you are driving or riding in a car, you have four “walls” and a roof over your head that can help to protect you if you get in a crash. Additionally, cars come equipped with airbags for driver and passengers. A motorcycle, on the other hand, does not have any barriers that will protect you if you fall off your motorcycle or come into contact with a vehicle or object on the road. Because of this, you are much more likely to suffer from severe and permanent damage.
- Hazards on the road. Something that may be a minor bump to a car (debris and uneven roads) could pose a serious threat to a motorcycle because of how much smaller it is. Something that may be a bump on the road to a car may cause a motorcycle to crash.