There is a lot of freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of risks — especially from other Delaware drivers. In fact, the death rate for motorcycle riders has been steadily increasing, while deaths for drivers of other types of vehicle types have been falling. Motorcycle accidents are particularly deadly for a number of reasons.
In accidents between motorcycles and larger passenger vehicles, motorcycle drivers usually are not to blame. Around 66% of these types of vehicles are the result of another driver violating a motorcycle’s right of way. The problem is that many drivers are on the lookout for other larger vehicles like cars and SUVs, not motorcycles. Intersections are a particularly dangerous area for motorcyclists to navigate, as this is where around 70% of collisions with larger vehicles take place.
These accidents pose a much greater risk to motorcyclists as well, who are 26 times as likely to die than drivers and passengers in cars. They are also five times more likely to suffer an injury. Motorcyclists simply do not have the same protections as passenger vehicle occupants, who are protected by not only the vehicle itself but also by airbags and seat belts.
Motorcycle riders in Delaware deserve better, but nothing will change until negligent drivers start acting more responsibly on the road. Until then, motorcyclists will still suffer serious and even fatal injuries in motorcycle accidents that are not their fault. Securing compensation for another driver’s negligence is often a priority after a serious accident, which can often be accomplished via a successfully navigated personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.