May was national cycle safety month, which was designed to bring awareness to the need for safety on and around motorcycles. Awareness is needed because the responsibility to keep bikers safe extends to all motorists. In most accidents involving motorcycles, the cyclist is not at fault and the accident occurred due to driver distraction or negligence. Until motorists begin seeing motorcycles and giving them the space needed for safe operation, more education is needed. The injuries from a motorcycle accident can include brain and spinal cord injury, road rash, broken bones, damage to internal organs, and death. To avoid these consequences, everyone on the road needs to be aware of cycles and take care to drive with caution.
Compared to a year ago, motorcycle accidents are occurring twice as often now than they were then! Some of the more notable motorcycle accidents around the State recently include:
- A Pine County man hit a bear, and was thrown from his cycle. The man was wearing safety equipment, but his condition after the accident was critical.
- In Blue Earth County a car and a motorcycle collided; tragically the cyclist as well as the driver were killed.
- In St. Michael, a man was hospitalized after a car ran a red light and hit his cycle.
The misperception that motorcycle riders weave in and out of traffic, and drive recklessly may contribute to the high rate of motorcycle accidents. The simple truth is that most times the responsible party is a vehicle driver, or an act of nature, as the above examples illustrate. Until drivers increase their awareness of cycles, those that ride are well advised to steer clear of heavy traffic and to keep a sharp lookout at all times. It is also always a good idea to keep a safe distance, and to use turn signals without fail. If you have been in an accident while on a motorcycle, call our office for help. We will aggressively pursue all the remedies available to you and seek a full and fair compensation for your injuries. Put our experience to work for you, as we work towards results that fit the facts of your case and meet your needs.
If you have been in a motorcycle wreck, call our office to learn what to do next. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.