For a motorcycle rider, being on a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience but also one of the most dangerous places to be on the road. While riding the motorcycle, you are enjoying unlimited freedom but this is freedom that comes with great responsibility. A motorcycle rider is very much exposed to great dangers unlike their automobile counterparts. For the car driver or passenger, they have some form of protection though not good enough but for the riders they have absolutely no form of protection apart from the helmet they wear. Moreover, compared to a car the motorcycle is less stable, since it has two wheels. This should therefore be a wake up call for all motorcycle riders to ride in extreme caution and follow traffic rules accordingly. In addition, the rider should be completely aware of the relevant laws as a way of empowering themselves in knowing their legal rights as well as responsibilities. This knowledge or awareness should help them in the event of a motorcycle accident. Moreover, they will be in a position to know the consequences if they were responsible for causing an accident or what steps they should take if they are the aggrieved victim of such an accidents.
There are several risky situations that a motorcycle rider can encounter while on the road. A common problem or risk is that of a motorcycle being not easily recognizable. They might at times be abstracted by other vehicles, a sharp corner or there is bad weather, which might lead to a fatal motorcycle accident. In such a situation, if the accident was caused by a motorist, the motorist might claim he could not see the motorcycle. Risky situations such as potholes, puddles, oil slicks, rail road tracks or objects on the road. They appear to be small risks but they can cause very fatal accidents. Motorcycle riding is easy but it requires very skilled and a competent rider. The risk of causing an accident increases when a motorcycle is being handled by an individual who is not well trained to ride. In fact, majority of the motorcycle accidents are as a result of the riders being under qualified.
Once an accident has happened, the relevant authorities have to determine the responsible party in causing the accident. Motorcycle accidents claims are based on the same legal concept used in motor vehicle accidents claims. This is the concept of negligence. This is when an individual, in this case a motorcycle rider might be behaving in careless a manner that resulted in the accident. Therefore, according to the law, you can be prosecuted or to compensate the victim. The victim can also be the motorcycle rider and in legal he is the plaintiff and the other person is the defendant. For a victim of a motorcycle accident, the first prudent step to take is to get the services of a competent lawyer in order to get legal assistance. Family members of a loved one can do the same if the victim is not in a position to do so as a result of the accident.