Attorney David J. King


Motorcyclists deserve safety as they ride

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motorcycle riding offers a sense of excitement and freedom, but it also comes with inherent risks. The relationship between motorcycles and larger vehicles on the road can lead to dangerous situations, resulting in severe or even fatal accidents.

The unique challenges posed by motorcycle riding require riders and drivers to be aware of each other’s presence and to remain cautious. Whether it’s limited visibility, road hazards or adverse weather conditions, recognizing the factors that contribute to motorcycle accidents can lead to safer roads for everyone.

Understanding the dangers of motorcycle riding

Motorcycles’ smaller size and lack of protective enclosure make riders more vulnerable to injuries in a collision. Limited visibility, road hazards such as potholes and debris and adverse weather conditions contribute to motorcycle accidents.

Road hazards and weather conditions

The road itself can present hazards to motorcyclists. Uneven surfaces, obstacles and inclement weather can significantly affect a motorcycle’s stability. Riders must be vigilant and prepared to react to these challenges, while motorists should be aware of the extra difficulties motorcycles may face.

Motorcyclists’ role in preventing accidents

Motorcyclists themselves usually take steps to minimize risks. Wearing safety gear such as helmets and gloves, following traffic laws and investing in continuous education and training are all vital. One important law to remember is that lane splitting is against the law in South Dakota, and ignoring this rule can lead to accidents and legal troubles.

Motorists’ role in preventing accidents

Drivers of cars and trucks play a significant part in ensuring the safety of motorcyclists. Checking blind spots, maintaining a safe following distance and using turn signals are behaviors that can prevent collisions with motorcycles.

Even if you’re being as safe as possible on your motorcycle, you’re still at the mercy of those other motorists around you. Being struck by a vehicle is traumatic and can lead to significant injuries. Immediate medical care is critical in these cases. Once you’ve obtained necessary care, you can choose to seek compensation for the financial damages resulting from the crash if it was caused by another party’s actions or inactions. This is a way to hold the liable party/parties responsible for the expenses you have incurred that are attributable to the wreck.