Florida’s temperate climate brings many motorcycles out onto the streets of West Palm Beach. While motorcycle riding can be enjoyable in our mild weather, it also carries certain risks, making it far more dangerous than riding in a passenger vehicle. A new study has found that these risks are even greater for motorcycle passengers than motorcycle riders. After any motorcycle accident, consult with a West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney to ensure that your claim is handled quickly and negotiated aggressively.
Why Passengers Are Less Likely to Survive a Motorcycle Accident
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that motorcycle crashes are associated with significant injury and death rates for both drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, these risks may be higher for passengers than operators. According to Reuters, passengers face a higher risk of death in a motorcycle accident - even when they are wearing a helmet.
There are many factors which might contribute to these increased risks. Passengers are more likely than drivers to be ejected from a motorcycle in an accident. In such a case, the impact of an ejection may be too powerful for a helmet to effectively prevent a brain injury. Drivers may also have the advantage of an earlier warning about a potential collision. Being in a position to see obstacles in the road, motorcyclists can tighten their grip and position themselves defensively.
Precautions You Can Take
When a passenger is sitting on the back of your motorcycle, their life is partially in your hands. While the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by driver negligence, there are precautions you can take to protect yourself and your passenger:
- Do you best to stay aware of other vehicles around you and maintain a safe distance.
- When approaching an intersection, reduce your speed and be prepared to stop in order to avoid a devastating broadside accident.
- Always make sure that you and your passenger are wearing helmets.
- Avoid heavily traveled areas and narrow streets, if you can.
When accidents occur, injury victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
A West Palm Beach motorcycle accident attorney can help victims identify the person who is responsible for causing their injuries, find sources of compensation which are available to them, file claims, negotiate a settlement offer, decide whether to accept a settlement offer, and determine whether it is necessary to file a lawsuit. David J. Glatthorn help you weigh your options and fight to maximize your compensation.