Motorcycle Accidents: Rules of the Road Can Prevent Injury-Portland Accident Attorney
Riding a motorcycle presents more risks than driving a car. Motorcycles are more susceptible to weather conditions. In 2020 alone, 5,579 motorcyclists and passengers were killed and nearly 85,000 were injured. Motorcycle accidents are 28 times more likely to result in fatalities; in 2020 the number of oder rider deaths (55 and above) increased from 3% in 1975 to 27% in 2020. Many of these deaths are caused by inattentive drivers operating passenger vehicles or commercial motor vehicles. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer to investigate your claim.
Because drivers may not be attentive to motorcyclists, risk awareness is key to avoiding an accident. Some of the risks include vulnerability and visibility. Riders can remain aware of what’s going on around them using SIPDE, a 5 step process used to make judgments. Scan, identify, predict, decide, and execute. The greatest potential for multi-vehicle crashes is at intersections, with drivers entering the right of way and causing motorcycle accidents.
Helmets are required, and riders must use approved helmets at all times. Approved helmets have stickers from the Snell Memorial Foundation or Department of Transportation. If you get into a motorcycle accident protective gear can save your life. In Oregon, a Class M license is required to operate a motorcycle, which requires special testing; insurance is also required.
Most importantly: watch out for inattentive drivers. Passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle operators are inattentive generally, and often do not pay attention to their surroundings. Call 503-303-0600 if you have been in an accident and have been injured.