Motorcycles are involved in thousands of traffic accidents every year, many with other vehicles. In the vast majority of motorcycle-automobile collisions, the driver of the car claims: “I never saw them.” Visibility is a pervasive issue with motorcycles that share the road with cars, one that results in far too many injuries and deaths. Drivers have an obligation to maintain a proper lookout.
Here are some tips for increasing visibility:
- Show your color — wear brightly colored (and reflective) clothing, outerwear and helmet;
- Reflect on it — use colorful reflective tape on bumpers;
- Get on the radar — make sure drivers around you can see you;
- Create a buffer zone — keep a respectful distance from cars on all sides;
- Light up — keep headlights and taillights on, even in daylight.
A National Institute of Health study supports this advice, demonstrating that simple, inexpensive modifications significantly affect motorcycle rider accident rates. Since most biker-car collisions occur in urban zones, during daylight hours, at speeds below 50 mph, the addition of colorful clothing and reflective tape reduces accident rates by 37 percent. The use of a light-colored helmet reduces the chance of an accident by 24 percent, and using headlights during daylight hours can cut accident rates another 27 percent.
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe trauma, including spinal cord and brain injury. These are costly, life-changing events that can devastate an individual or a family’s finances and lifestyle. Motorcycle accidents also suffer a high mortality rate, especially in cases where the rider is not wearing a helmet. In Colorado, there is still no mandatory helmet law for bikers over the age of 18.
When a biker takes every precaution—including driving at safe speeds, wearing a helmet and following traffic laws carefully—and is involved in a collision due to the fault of another driver, the biker may have the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. The insurance company of the at-fault driver could be liable for payment to the injured biker to cover the costs of medical care, pain and suffering, inconvenience, permanent physical impairment, disfigurement, bike repairs, and lost wages.
To learn more about personal injury and the rights of motorcycle accident victims to obtain compensation, call an experienced Denver personal injury attorney at the law firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P. C. We have the skills and experience to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us at 303-792-5595 or contact us online now to schedule your FREE consultation with our Denver injury lawyers.