“I feel the need, the need for speed” is a quote from the popular 1980’s movie Top Gun between characters Maverick and Goose. People like to experience different forms of adrenaline rushes. Some people don’t want to feel the rush of anything at all. People who choose to ride sport bikes are people who like to feel the speed and maneuverability of a two-wheeled vehicle. Sport bikes are categorized as motorcycles but built differently than other motorcycles. Motorcycles are built for comfort, and long term rides at reasonable speeds. Sport bikes are designed for speed, acceleration, braking, and maneuverability.
Our Independence Sport Bike Accident Attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, PC have great respect for those who ride sports bike. Not everyone respects sport bike drivers on the road because they consider them a nuisance. However, just because someone chooses to ride an unconventional vehicle doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve the protection and justice that every other driver deserves.
Due to the speed and agility of a sport bike, authorities and insurance companies are quick to blame sportbike riders for the accident. This isn’t fair, and it isn’t right. Missouri has some of the highest rates of motorcycle fatalities. For example, 98% of motorcycle fatalities are the motorcycle or sport bike driver. In all motorcycle related traffic accidents, 79% resulted in death. Thankfully Missouri requires all motorcycle to wear DOT-approved helmets because 58% of fatal crashes were between a motorcycle and a vehicle.
Furthermore, if you choose not to wear a helmet the likelihood for death increases by 38%. People who want to ride sport bikes already know that the odds are stacked against them. They know that people driving other vehicles aren’t looking for their best interest.
The most common accidents for sport bikes are cars making a left turn. Cars don’t look both ways or aren’t as alert to on coming, so when they go to turn they cut off sport bike riders. Other common accidents are caused by rear-ending, swerving into another lane, or improper lane change. Because people on sportbikes don’t have much armor to protect them from impact, any small hit can cause catastrophic injuries. For example, if a car rear ends a sport bike, it results in the rider ejecting from the bike. Any time a biker is ejected, it can result in fatal injuries to the head, neck, or back.
If you or someone you love is suffering from an injury while on their sports bike caused by a negligent driver, you need our help to ensure that you are getting the justice you deserve. Just because you choose to ride something faster and smaller, does not mean that you are liable for your injuries. With us by your side, we will make the user that truth is told and you get the compensation you deserve. Call 816-941-8949 or click here for a free consultation with our professional attorneys at Mayer & Rosenberg, PC in Independence today.
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