Beware the Dangers of Driving a Motorcycle on Mississippi Roads
Recently, a St. Petersburg woman passed away from injuries sustained when her motorcycle was involved in an accident with an SUV. The woman died en-route to the hospital. According to investigators, the accident happened when the driver of the SUV pulled out in front of the motorcycle at an intersection. The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Motorcycles can be extremely dangerous vehicles. Without the physical chassis of a standard vehicle to protect them, drivers are more likely to be injured in a crash. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than people in a car. It is important to take proper precautions to protect yourself. Proper safety can mean the difference between life and death. How do you protect yourself?
- Wear a Helmet: Riders without a helmet, such as the one in the story, are 40 percent more likely to suffer brain injuries than those with helmets. The Department of Transportation provides safety standards and labeling requirements for helmets. These standards include minimum performance requirements for helmets, including impact test, penetration test, and retention system test. With these standards in place, you can feel more secure in your helmet safety choice. Note that in Mississippi, it is against the law to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. However, in Florida, wearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle is optional.
- Wear Appropriate Gear: While a helmet is possibly the most important accessory when riding a motorcycle, you should also wear gear that will protect you from the hazards of the road. Wind chill, flying bugs and potential debris can be avoided by wearing clothing for maximum protection, such as jackets, eye protection, full pants, gloves and appropriate footwear.
- Be Defensive: A University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research study found that collisions involving a motorcycle and a car were disproportionately caused by the drivers of the cars. Nearly 60 percent of the time, accidents were the fault of the car drivers. This means motorcycle drivers need to be even more vigilant. Keep safe by not tailgating and adhering to all safety rules and regulations.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle accident claims can be difficult to win. A civil suit may be necessary against the other operator and you must prove that the defendant operated their vehicle in a manner that was negligent and endangered others in order to be successful in court. Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injury or even death. By filing a claim against the responsible parties, you can help to recover medical costs as well as receiving appropriate compensation for your suffering. In some events, and with the help of an experienced attorney, you may be able to settle your claim without the necessity of filing a lawsuit.
Consult with a Mississippi Personal Injury Attorney After a Traffic Accident
Even the most cautious motorcycle driver or operator may be involved in a motorcycle accident. The injuries from a motorcycle accident can be worse than those in an automobile accident due to the exposed nature of the motorcycle driver to other vehicles and his or her surroundings. When you find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident, be sure to consult with an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice have decades of experience helping out those in need when it comes to recovering the compensation they need to get on with their lives. Contact us today for help.