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Motorcycle accidents remind motorists to stay alert around motorcyclists

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2016 | injuries |

Over the past few weeks, there have been several deadly motorcycle accidents in the Omaha area. While not all accidents are avoidable, there are things that both motorcyclists and automobile drivers can do to be a lot safer on the road. This posting discusses some basic safety tips for both motorcyclists and motorists to help reduce the amount of these accidents.

Information for motorists

Motorists have a tendency to be distracted while they are driving on area roads. While they may pay attention most of the time, they may check their phones when they hear that they have received a text message or might use their in-board navigation systems to get directions.

Taking eyes off of the road for even a short amount of time can increase the risk of an accident. If a car slowly drifts out of its lane, it could cause serious problems for motorcyclists. The riders will be unable to make quick adjustments, and could find themselves crashing due to the sudden maneuvers.

Intersections are another challenge for motorcyclists and motorists. When approaching a stoplight, it is possible that there may be a lane devoted to making left turns. Drivers have to yield to oncoming traffic before making these turns, but sometimes motorists do not see approaching motorcycles. This can result in an extremely serious accident, as the motorcyclist has no opportunity to do anything to avoid the crash.

Information for motorcyclists

There are things that motorcyclists can do to help reduce the chance of being injured in an accident. They should try to wear bright or reflective clothing. This will help other motorists better see them as they approach. Always wear a helmet, because the potential for serious injury increases dramatically when riders are not wearing one. The rider will bear the impact of these crashes, and any protective gear can help reduce the risk of injury substantially.

If you are injured in one of these crashes, you have to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Due to the extent of the injuries suffered in motorcycle accidents, motorcyclists often have extremely costly medical bills, and will need someone to fight to get them full and fair compensation.

Your attorney will be able to tell you what your claim is worth, and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance companies. You should never settle your case before you discuss your options with an experienced professional.