The temperatures are heating up and the days are getting longer, which means that many of the motorcycle riders in our State are getting ready to increase their riding time for the Spring and Summer months. To those that own and ride motorcycles, the reasons for riding can go unstated—they’re fuel efficient, fun to ride, easy to find parking spaces, and allow the rider to feel and breathe the air outside. But for all the good these two-wheeled motor missiles have, there are a few cons to driving motorcycles, and I’m not just talking about the occasional June bug flying in your mouth. Whether you are a daily rider or a weekend warrior cruising the Natchez Trace and coastal highways, you need to be aware of the dangers you can encounter while out riding your bike in Mississippi.
The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration reports that about 5,000 motorists die every year as a result of operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle. Of that 5,000, about 1% of those fatalities occur on Mississippi roads. While 50 deaths a year might sound low, when put in context of fatality rates, that number becomes a bit more alarming. The NTHSA estimates that 25% of all motorcycle wrecks result in death. That means that 1 out of every 4 wrecks while on a motorcycle results in a death.
A majority of these motorcycle wrecks happen because other drivers fail to notice them because of the inherent small size of motorcycles. One of the most common accidents involving motorcycles happens when an automobile driver changes lanes without seeing the biker in the lane next to them. Additional causes of motorcycle accidents are due to novice bikers who are not as familiar with maneuvering in bad weather or when faced with hazardous road conditions.
The abosolute most important thing to do after a wreck is to get medical treatment. Even if you are not injured severely, you could have sustained an injury. Often times injuries don’t present at the time of the accident because of adrenaline. It is also important to seek medical treatment as your potential claim will be partly dependent on the amount of treatment you receive because of the accident. Finally, you need to contact your insurance company and seek counsel from an experience personal injury attorney. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical expenses, out of pocket costs, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motocycle in Mississippi, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at ‘Maggio|Thompson.
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