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In January 2003, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) released a document which focused on crash prevention as the central point of its Motorcycle Safety Program Plan. This plan was recently updated in 2006 and continues to present the case for motorcyclists and passenger vehicles alike to become better informed of the safety rules of the road.
Other Drivers Fail to Notice Motorcyclists
After safety training, one of the most important rules of the road for a motorcyclist is to wear clothing that makes it easy for other drivers on the road to see them. The number one reason given by other drivers who were involved in an accident with a motorcyclist was: “they did not see them.” Drivers who are distracted while driving will often fail to see a motorcyclist until it is too late.
Lack of Experience
Unfortunately another one of the major causes of motorcycle accidents in Colorado is a lack of ability to handle the power of this vehicle. Many individuals purchase a motorcycle that is inappropriate for their level of expertise. Driving a motorcycle is very different from driving a car and requires specific skills. The speed capability of a motorcycle is one such example. Traveling at 75 mph on a motorcycle requires special techniques to come to a sudden stop. Drivers who are unprepared for these differences put themselves and others at risk.
Unfortunately, being involved in an accident with another vehicle is only one of the ways motorcycle accidents occur. Many motorcycle accidents are caused when the driver traveling at a high speed hits an immovable object. Speeding is cited in the report as the leading cause of motorcycle crashes for drivers under 30.
Defective Equipment or Parts
Motorcycle manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe and reliable. Unfortunately, defective tires, brakes and steering components can lead to serious motorcycle accidents. If a manufacturer, engineer or supplier is found to be negligent, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
As there are many factors that cause motorcycle accidents in Colorado, education for all drivers on the road is vital. Unfortunately, even with the best safety equipment and adequate training, motorcycle accidents do happen. If you or someone you love was injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to contact an experienced Colorado Motorcycle Accident Attorney immediately. Your attorney will be able to determine if someone else’s negligence contributed to your accident and your injuries. If someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident you may be able to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. Contact us for a free initial consultation and honest assessment of your legal situation. We’re available 24/7 by phone, fax and e-mail. We return after-hours calls promptly and provide interpreters for our Spanish-speaking clients.
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