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High motorcycle crash risks don't mean riders are asking for it

There's a major misconception about motorcycles and those who ride them. It is that because they choose to ride and because the risk of serious injury for them is higher than for those who drive in four-wheeled vehicles, somehow motorcyclists are naturally reckless.

Those with experience dealing with Colorado personal injury accidents know that is not true. Studies by federal regulators offer statistics showing that most fatal accidents involving motorcyclists and cars or light trucks are the result of the driver of the larger vehicle failing to yield the proper right-of-way to the motorcycle.

Regardless of how anyone might feel about motorcycling and those who participate in the pastime, the fact is that they have a right to be on the road. At the same time, they also have the same burden of responsibility to be as safe as they can be. In fact, some might well argue that they face a greater burden than most because of the inherent risks.

Unfortunately, there is only so much a rider can do to stave off the hazards posed by other recklessness or negligence. There is no accounting for what could only be described as the stupidity of some people.

For example, consider the case of two Men in Montrose County who were recently sent to prison after pleading guilty in the 2013 death of a 34-year-old motorcyclist. According to court records, the defendants had stretched a rope and a chain across a highway while trying to haul a dead elk out of the woods. When the victim came along, he was clotheslined and died.

"…All I can say is, this is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen," the judge said at the sentencing of one of the two men last month.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident or lose a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, visit our page dedicated to this topic to learn more about your rights in seeking compensation.

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