Itâ€™s summertime in Southwestern Ontario, and that means the warm, sunny weather has motorcycle enthusiasts out and enjoying the roadways.
While riding a two-wheeled vehicle down a wide-open road can be a seasonal thrill for many, itâ€™s also important to remember the risks associated with operating a motorcycle and to take precautions to prevent collisions. It is up to all motorists â€“ whether youâ€™re driving on two wheels or four wheels â€“ to drive safely and responsibly to maintain collision-free roadways this summer.
Because motorcycles lack critical safety features such as air bags, seatbelts and the structural support needed to protect the driver in the case of a collision, the risk of being injured while driving a motorcycle increases dramatically in comparison to driving a car. In the event of a collision involving a motorcycle, the driver of the motorcycle can suffer serious and life-threatening injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe fractures and broken bones
- Skin abrasions
- Permanent scarring
If you operate a motorcycle and are looking forward to riding on the roads this summer, remember to keep safety top of mind by taking safety precautions including the following
- Wear a helmet
- Wear appropriate clothing and gear (leather jacket, gloves, close-toed and over-the-ankle footwear, long sleeved shirts, pants, etc.)
- Use signals when turning or switching lanes
- Be alert and watch for other drivers and/or potential hazards on the road
- Avoid bad weather
For Other Drivers:
Whether youâ€™re commuting to work on the city streets or travelling by highway to a weekend getaway, chances are youâ€™ll see a few motorcycles out on the roads this summer. Make sure youâ€™re taking the necessary precautions to prevent collisions when driving near motorcycles including.
- Giving motorcycles extra space
- Looking and signalling before making turns or switching lanes
- Checking blind spots often
When a Collision Occurs
Motorcycle collisions can cause serious injuries that can affect more than just your physical wellbeing. Aside from the physical injury itself, you may also experience a dramatic shift in your mental state and social life. For example, if your physical injury prohibits you from attending school, participating in social functions or playing a sport youâ€™ve played your entire life, you may find your injury has taken a toll on you mentally, emotionally and socially.
If you find yourself injured in a motorcycle collision you should:
- Seek medical attention immediately
- Report the collision to authorities and to your insurance company
- Obtain contact information from people who may have witnessed the collision
- Document as many details as you can
- Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer
Contact Harrison Pensa
At Harrison Pensa, our experienced team of personal injury lawyers understand how difficult it can be to recover from injuries sustained in motor vehicle collisions. Not only does recovery take a great deal of time and energy, but the injuries sustained can have a lasting impact on many areas of your life. When injuries are sustained in a collision that was a caused by the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury lawyers will walk you through the legal process, help build your case to get you the compensation you deserve.