Unlike normal motorists, motorcyclists do not enjoy the luxury of being protected by an enclosure of steel. This vulnerability leaves them exposed to things like weather and virtually anything else that may come into contact with the rider.
Side Swipes and Weaving
Although it is not advised to do so, many motorcyclists tend to squeeze their way through rather narrow gaps in attempts to avoid traffic. Sometimes this type of maneuvering can result in a rider’s leg getting caught on a protruding obstruction, which can send a rider flying off of the motorcycle.
In other circumstances, a motorcyclist may be sideswiped by an oblivious motorist who is attempting to change lanes. This sudden collision can cause injury to the rider or even send the rider into another vehicle on the road, causing additional injury. Again, the rider is completely vulnerable to the impact.
Braking and Avoiding Collision
Motorcyclists arguably need to pay more attention to their surroundings than normal motorists. The risks of a high-speed collision are far too serious to be taken lightly. A motorcyclist who anticipates a collision may need to quickly maneuver their bike to avoid a collision. This quick maneuver can cause them to collide on the side into another vehicle or guardrail. In extreme circumstances, the rider may need to turn his or her bike sideways in an attempt to stop to avoid a collision. Motorcyclists turn their bikes sideways because it is a more efficient way of stopping. It also can damage the motorcycle and its tires, which is why motorcycle riders do not make use of this method of braking in every circumstance.
There is no doubt that motorcycle injuries have the potential to be catastrophic. However, the majority of accidents that involve injuries to only the rider’s lower extremities (i.e. foot, leg, etc.) do not prove to be permanent. Injuries to the head or spinal cord can result in paralysis or other injuries that prevent a rider from ever being able to ride again.
Fractured toes, feet, ankles, or legs can all heal over time. Although breaking both of one’s legs will be viewed as an extremely serious injury, it is good to keep in mind that the individual may be able to get on the road again.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia
Riding a motorcycle can be a risky endeavor. We always advise our clients to ensure that they wear the proper protective gear and that their motorcycles are properly maintained. The injuries that can result from a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. It is essential that any rider pays careful attention to the road and to their surroundings in order to avoid potential injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured while riding a motorcycle, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of The Levin Firm today to discuss your potential claim. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, Norristown, and Feasterville and we offer free initial consultations. Call us at 215-825-5183 today to discuss your potential lawsuit.