Motorcycle riding can be thrilling, but even for the most skilled rider, it can also be dangerous. No matter how cautiously a motorcycle rider scans the road, changes gears or applies the brakes, accidents can happen. Unfortunately, if the accident involves being hit by another car, it can often end tragically as motorcycle’s offer little protection when compared to automobiles. Being aware of your legal rights have a tremendous impact on the outcome of an accident.
Under the law, motorcycle riders have rights and remedies if they are struck by an automobile while riding. In Minnesota, the laws regarding motorcycle accidents can be found in the Motorcycle and Motorized Bicycle Manual located on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety – Driver and Vehicle Services Division website. Licensed attorneys are also a great resource for answering specific questions about legal recourse or guidance after a crash occurs.
Two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are the result of another vehicle violating the motorcycle’s right of way, and motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die if they are involved in an accident than someone driving or riding in a car. Their rate of injury is also five times higher. Because the stakes are so high for motorcycle rides on the road today, laws have been developed to protect riders in the case of injury and provide them with options for legal recourse and remedy.
The number of fatal accidents involving cars and trucks has steadily been declining since 1999, however fatal motorcycle accidents have actually seen an increase, almost doubling during the same period of time.
If you or a loved one are a motorcycle enthusiast, knowing your rights and your coverage under the law is extremely important. Understanding your options of recourse will aid you greatly in the unfortunate case of an accident.