While motorcyclists have the same rights on the road as the operators of other vehicles, drivers often pay less attention to motorcyclists. Unfortunately, given the difference in size and protection between a motorcycle and a car, motorcycle accidents are far more likely to be serious or even fatal for the biker. A fatal motorcycle crash occurred recently in Colorado, with tragic results.
All that is between you and the road is your helmet, your clothes and the two wheels beneath you. In many ways, that gives you a sense of freedom as you ride through Colorado's beautiful mountain scenery, but it also puts you at risk for serious injuries. Motorcycle accidents often end up causing devastating injuries, which ultimately lead to high monetary losses during your recovery.
No matter how experienced you are as a rider, Colorado's roadways pose numerous risks to you. For instance, traumatic brain injuries are a real possibility in motorcycle accidents regardless of whether you wear a helmet. Such an injury could alter the course of your life forever.
Whether you are at a stop sign, a traffic light or just riding down the road, drivers in passenger cars might have trouble seeing you because of the small size of your vehicle. As a result, another driver might fail to yield the right-of-way to you. This is one of the primary causes of the numerous motorcycle accidents that happen here in Colorado and across the country.
Winter might still have some fight left in it here in Colorado, but that does not stop many people from wishing and waiting for warmer weather. When spring arrives, more people will be out on their motorcycles. Before that happens, it might be a good idea to review safety measures, including the common causes and injuries that occur in motorcycle accidents.
Riding the open road, feeling the fresh air and enjoying the thrill of a ride through Colorado's beautiful landscape are just some of the upsides to riding, a motorcycle but there are downsides as well. Many of the factors that protect those in passenger and commercial vehicles are absent for a motorcycle rider. Numerous factors that might not ordinarily cross the minds of other motorists contribute to motorcycle accidents and the serious or fatal injuries that result.
The latest and complete data gathered by the Department of Transportation is for 2014. In that year, there were 4,295 deadly motorcycle accidents. That means that thousands of families across the United States -- including some here in Colorado -- who lost loved ones.
A motorcycle accident in Denver, Colorado left one person with serious injuries. The wreck occurred at an intersection and involved another car. Very few details have been made available about the crash, but it is likely that the injured individual is the motorcyclist.
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.