Ridin’ Safely – The Motorcyclists Dilemma

By now, it should be a no-brainer to avoid driving while intoxicated. Despite widespread initiatives to educate the public about drunk driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that around 10,000 people die from alcohol-related automobile accidents annually. That’s equivalent to twenty jets crashing every single year.

The recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative for police to crack down on drunk drivers and reduce these statistics lasted from August 16 through last Labor Day weekend. The experiment was a success: 695 arrests were made during the two weeks, and due to this success, similar initiatives are planned for the holiday season.

Although changes like these are encouraging, drunk drivers are still on the roads, and still a major safety concern, especially for motorcyclists. Bikers simply don’t have the advantage of being protected by a seat belt and a massive metal box in the event of being hit by a drunk driver.

Motorcyclists should always practice defensive riding. However, in the event of being hit by a reckless or intoxicated driver, motorcyclists should always get the financial compensation they deserve. The law firm of Houston lawyer Ali Mokaram comments on its website that one of the most frustrating parts of being involved in a motorcycle accident can be trying to claim financial compensation from an insurance company. Some companies purposefully do their best to cheat victims and pay the minimum amount.

Furthermore, cyclists may also experience prejudice against them in the event of fighting for financial compensation after being hit. Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A.,  points out on its website that juries may be biased against motorcyclists – even if the other party was entirely at fault.

Complications for motorcyclists involved in accidents may never fade, but it’s always smart to know your options and consider seeking legal representation if you or a loved one ever ends up in one of these situations.

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