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Unique problems motorcyclists face on the road

Many Cary residents enjoy riding their motorcycles. A motorcycle is a fun way to explore North Carolina and feel free. But, a motorcycle can be dangerous and, if a motorcycle accident occurs, it is often serious. There are many unique problems that a motorcyclist faces while on the road.

One problem that a motorcyclist may face while they are on the road is visual recognition by other drivers. Other drivers can easily miss motorcyclists at intersections, which is where the majority of motorcycle accidents occur. Another problem that may arise are hazards on the road. Because a motorcycle only has two wheels, hazards such as potholes, road debris, ice, puddles, railroad tracks, etc. may make the motorcycle unstable. A motorcycle may also start to wobble, especially when it is traveling at high speeds. This can occur with a misalignment of the front and rear tires of the motorcycle, often a manufacturer mistake. Finally, a rider may not have enough experience and may lack basic riding skills.

If a person is involved in a motorcycle accident, they will often have very serious injuries. Because motorcycle riders are exposed to the elements much more than car drivers, any accident on a motorcycle has the potential to be serious.

A legal professional who is experienced in personal injury can help an injured motorcyclist and their family find out what happened to cause the accident. They can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses and review police reports. They will fight for their client and their financial needs both now and in the years to come. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No one expects to be involved in a motorcycle accident, but, unfortunately, a serious accident can occur at any time. It is important to hold negligent drivers accountable for their mistakes so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed on April 16, 2018

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