A motorcycle is defined as a two-wheel or three-wheel powered vehicle; to be allowed on public roadways, however, it should prove compliance with state and federal certification standards and should be licensed or registered (except in the case of a light scooter or a moped, which has an engine smaller than 50cc).
In 2012, based on records from the US Department of Transportation, the three states with the highest number of registered motorcycles were California, with 801,803, Florida, which had 574, 176, and Texas, with 438,551.
Though cars are now the most common means of transportation among Americans, it cannot be denied that the fame of motorcycles is continuously rising in all 50 states, instigating federal and state governments, as well as private organizations to keep on reminding drivers and motorcycle riders to always observe road courtesy to help ensure everyone’s safety on public roads.
One very clear observance of road courtesy is recognition of a motorcyclist’s right-of-way. Respecting another motorist’s, especially a motorcyclist’s right-of-way helps to promote traffic safety; failure to do so, however, usually leads to vehicular accidents.
When accidents involving motorcycles occur, the chances of riders sustaining severe injuries are very likely due to the very little protection that riders have. It is common knowledge among personal injury lawyers how bikers are much more prone to suffer traumatic injuries or even lose their lives in the event of a crash, compared to other motorists. This is because aside from a helmet and padded suit, motorcycle riders have nothing else to protect themselves against the force of impact during collision.
Determining the real and most direct cause of a motorcycle accident can be difficult without a careful and thorough investigation by a seasoned motorcycle accident or personal injury lawyer. While the cause of an accident may be road defect, motorcycle defect, reckless driving, intoxicated motorist, distracted driving or aggressive driving, there is one factor that is almost always present: negligence.
Because negligence is a totally preventable thing, this makes accidents totally preventable too. Careless motorists, therefore, can be ordered by courts to compensate anyone who may get injured due to their careless behavior.