There is a common stereotype revolving around motorcyclists. Those who do not ride often assume they are reckless. They talk about things like breaking the speed limit, weaving around cars and generally driving in a manner that increases the odds of an accident. When confronted with the stark motorcycle accident statistics, these people assume that the motorcyclists are typically at fault.
But is this fair? Studies have shown that it is not. In fact, most accidents between cars and motorcycles happen because of the drivers in those cars. Many accidents that motorcyclists cause are just single-vehicle crashes caused by things like going into a turn too fast. If two vehicles are involved, odds are that it was the driver of the car that made the mistake.
There are a few different reasons for this. There’s something to be said for the fact that drivers often do not expect to see motorcycles, so they overlook them and don’t account for them. There is the potential for animosity between drivers — often those who think motorcyclists are reckless — and riders, which can lead to accidents. You also have the issue of cellphones, as distractions often make it even harder for drivers to see the small bikes around them on the road.
If you are a rider, the thing to take away from this is that other drivers put you at risk. They don’t always do so intentionally, but they cause the most accidents. If you end up in the hospital, there’s a good chance it is the fault of one of those drivers, no matter what the stereotypes may say. Take the time to look into all of your legal options to seek compensation for your medical bills.