The open road is something that gives everyone a sense of freedom. There is a lot that can be said for just jumping on your motorcycle and heading out in the beautiful weather without a destination in mind. For those who love the open road but prefer a more hands-on experience, jumping on a bicycle still provides that sense of freedom that you simply cannot experience inside of a car.
However, with the open road and that wonderful sense of freedom also comes a bit of risk. Cyclists who are involved in an accident with a motor vehicle do not have the same types of physical protections that the drivers of the passenger vehicle have, and the resulting injuries are often serious or catastrophic.
Injuries Associated With Motorcycle or Bicycle Accidents
The first thing that should be understood is that when a motorcycle accident or bicycle accident occurs, the driver of the two-wheeled vehicle almost always is thrown off of their vehicle. The impact from the larger vehicle propels the victim off of their vehicle which leads to additional or more severe injuries. Some of the most common injuries associated with this type of accident include:
- Traumatic Brain injury (TBI)
- Head/Skull Injuries
- Neck and Spine Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Serious Lacerations
- Road Rash and Contusions
- Internal Organ Damage
- Injuries to the Ankles and Wrists
- Tail Bone Injuries
- Hip Injuries
Of course, victims of these types of accidents often suffer from multiple injuries which vary in severity.
Understanding Your Rights As A Victim
There is a lot of misconception concerning victims of motorcycle accidents. Many believe that people who drive a motorcycle or a bicycle are assuming a risk each time they enter a road and therefore are responsible for any injuries that they receive. Many people actually believe that motorcycle or bicycle accident victims are not covered by insurance policies. This is absolutely incorrect.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or in a bicycle accident, you have the same rights to receive medical care and seek compensation for your injuries and losses as any other victim of a vehicular accident.
Victims of this type of accident are encouraged to speak with an attorney who is knowledgeable about motorcycle accidents to ensure that their rights are protected and they receive fair and complete compensation from the insurance company covering the event.
Remaining Safe On The Road
Anyone who drives on the roadways are required to operate their vehicle in a safe manner. This includes those operating passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or bicycles. It is important to follow the road laws and take all precautionary measures when operating your vehicle.
For those operating a motorcycle, you are encouraged to take advantage of extra safety measures. These include:
- Using a DOT certified helmet
- Wearing long pants and long sleeves to protect your skin
- Wearing sun glasses or safety glasses to protect eyes
- Wearing closed toe shoes or boots
- Always having your lights in operational mode
- For those driving a bicycle, you are encouraged to:
- Wear reflective clothing
- Install a headlight on your bicycle
- Have reflectors on the back of your bike
- Wear a protective helmet
- Wear closed toe shoes and protective clothing
However, it should be noted that not using these recommendations does not disqualify you from receiving medical care for your injuries and compensation for your losses.
Protect Your Rights
If you are a motorcycle accident victim, or you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it is important that you protect your rights as a victim and seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney. Many insurers try to pass the blame onto the victims because of the type of transportation that they have selected to drive. This is not right, and victims of these types of accidents should not be subjected to this type of treatment. Protect your rights and speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the event.