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3 factors that put motorcyclists in danger on Texas roads

If you ride a motorcycle, chances are you already know some of the special considerations associated with this particular form of transportation in terms of safety. You should know about the training it can require, the laws with which motorcyclists must comply and the steps you can take to protect yourself when you ride, like wearing a helmet.

You likely also know that your safety may not be in your control. There are several other factors that can put your life in danger whenever you get on the road. In this post, we will look at three of the factors that can lead to serious motorcycle crashes.

  1. Other drivers failing to see riders: Drivers who are distracted, impatient or simply unaware of their obligation to share the road responsibly run the risk of crashing into a biker they did not see. When motorists don't take the time to look out for riders or be aware of where a motorcyclist may be in relation to them on the road, they are putting the rider in serious danger of getting hit.
  2. Sudden changes in the road: With only two wheels, motorcycles react very differently to certain maneuvers than cars. For instance, if an obstacle suddenly appears in the road, a rider can get thrown from the bike trying to avoid it. Further, poor road conditions can prove to be a major hazard that a biker cannot avoid.
  3. Defective or improperly repaired bike parts: Motorcycles, just like any motor vehicle, are supposed to be designed, manufactured and repaired with safe parts free from defects. If parts are defective or if they are improperly installed on a bike, the bike can malfunction and a rider can quickly lose control.

In any of these situations, the consequences of an accident can prove to be catastrophic. If a rider survives a collision, he or she can suffer serious brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and burns, among other painful injuries.

In many cases, there is someone to blame for these accidents, whether it be another driver, the party responsible for maintaining the roads or a product manufacturer. Taking legal action against a negligent party can help injured riders and their families collect the compensation they need to recover from a devastating crash.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed on April 15, 2016

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