Motorcycle accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries

Motorcycle riders across British Columbia always have the concern that automobile drivers would not keep a lookout for them. Reportedly, last year, 2,600 motorcycle accidents in the province caused injuries to 1,600 bikers. Furthermore, an average of 34 motorcyclists lose their lives in such crashes every year. During May, which is motorcycle awareness month, authorities want to remind road users of dangers faced by bikers.

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reminds vehicle drivers to make sure they allow a minimum of three seconds for following distance and additional space when passing motorcycles. Intersections are known for crashes involving road users that are vulnerable, including motorcyclists, and motorists must be extra careful when they turn left. It is often difficult to see motorcycles, and when they are seen, it is tough to judge the speeds at which they are travelling.

At the same time, bikers must protect themselves by always wearing the full set of protective gear -- including approved helmets – to limit the severity of injuries in crashes that might occur. ICBC also suggests bright reflective colours to improve visibility. Motorcyclists must also take special care in intersections, reduce speeds and change lanes to allow escape routes for emergencies. Bikers can also protect themselves by staying out of the blind spots of vehicle operators.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or worse, and injured victims or surviving family members of those who don't survive will typically have to face unanticipated expenses. These could include medical expenses, end-of-life costs and lost income along with emotional losses such as pain and suffering or loss of life enjoyment or companionship. With the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, British Columbia victims can pursue recovery of damages through the civil justice system of the province.

Source: drivesmartbc.ca, "NEWS - May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month", May 1, 2017

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