Motorcycle riders notoriously suffer high rates of serious injury and fatality in traffic accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,579 motorcyclists died from traffic accidents in 2020. Given these significant safety risks, motorcycle riders and drivers alike should take extra precautions to minimize the risk of an accident.
For example, a recent news article reported that a motorcycle accident in Brunswick, Maine left a motorcycle rider in serious condition. The accident occurred as the motorcyclist was riding northbound when he collided with the side of a pickup truck turning onto an intersecting road. Despite wearing a helmet, the motorcycle rider suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
How Can You Stay Safe When Riding a Motorcycle?
Though motorcycles are a dangerous form of travel, the NHTSA has recommended several tips for drivers and motorcycle riders alike to minimize the risk of an accident. First, before even getting on the road, motorcycle riders should make sure they understand how to operate a motorcycle safely. In addition to required motorcycle licensing tests, riders should practice riding a new motorcycle. Motorcycle riders can practice in a parking lot or around the neighborhood before riding on the road. Additionally, even experienced motorcycle riders may struggle when faced with rough terrain, slippery roads, or potholes. To be prepared for any road conditions they may encounter, riders should learn how to operate their motorcycle when dealing with inclement weather, debris, or other obstructions to the road.
Once motorcyclists are on the road, both drivers and motorcycle riders must pay extra attention while operating their vehicles. Motorcycle riders face unique challenges with visibility. Due to the size of a motorcycle compared to a typical car, motorcycle riders may have additional blind spots. As a result, drivers and motorcycle riders should stay focused and continuously scan the road for other drivers. In addition, motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet to prevent head injuries to the fullest extent possible. The NHTSA also recommends that motorcycle riders wear protective gear. They should cover their arms and legs and wear high boots to keep their ankles covered. Furthermore, gloves can protect motorcycle riders’ hands and improve their grip.
Can You Recover Damages in Maine Motorcycle Accidents?
After suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident, you can bring a negligence lawsuit for damages. Whether you were the motorcycle rider, a driver, or a passenger, you can recover damages in Maine as long as you were less than 50% at fault for the accident. In a negligence lawsuit, plaintiffs must prove four elements of their case to prevail. Specifically, plaintiffs must show that a defendant (1) owed them a duty of care; (2) breached that duty by acting negligently; (3) caused the accident; (4) led the plaintiff to suffer consequent harm.
Have You Been Injured in a Maine Motorcycle Accident?
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a Maine motorcycle accident, contact Peter Thompson & Associates to discuss your case. Our attorneys possess years of experience representing clients in Maine personal injury cases. Through our skilled and dedicated representation, we have secured significant compensation for our needy clients. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us at 800-804-2004 or reach out through our website.