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Motorcycle accidents are often caused by other motorists

Many West Virginia residents enjoy riding motorcycles, sometimes instead of cars and sometimes just for fun and recreation. Operating a motorcycle can be a lot cheaper than most other motor vehicles, and it can bring a unique sense of freedom to the average rider. Unfortunately, there is a downside to riding a motorcycle: It is far more dangerous than driving a car or pickup truck. In too many motorcycle collisions, riders suffer catastrophic and sometimes life-threatening injuries, or are killed outright.

How can West Virginia residents avoid a motorcycle accident? Riding a motorcycle requires training, skill and experience. Assessing risks is the principal key to avoiding accidents. Inexperienced riders often suffer injuries because they do not quickly recognize perils on the road. For example, a car suddenly changing lanes into the rider's path without any sort of signal can lead to an accident. With experience, a motorcyclist learns to properly assess problems and take the necessary steps to avoid them.

Is the motorcyclist always at fault in an accident? No. Many accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles. Although motorcycles may sometimes be hard for other drivers to see, those drivers are required by law to be aware of all traffic around them. Unfortunately for motorcyclists, when other motorists do not observe this responsibility the results are often catastrophic. Even though a motorcyclist may be riding defensively, this often is not enough to avoid a car accident, especially when a distracted driver is involved. When a car strikes a motorcycle, the rider generally suffers the most serious outcome of severe injury or death.

In the event of a motorcycle accident, the injured party can seek damages if the accident resulted from the other motorist's misconduct or negligence. The victim can seek damages from the responsible party through a personal injury claim.

Source:, "Avoiding motorcycle accidents," accessed on Nov. 12, 2014

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