If you’re out on the roadways on a motorcycle, you have the exact same rights as any other vehicle on the road, but you’re at a much greater risk of getting hurt. There’s nothing inherently dangerous about motorcycles, but you do lack the tons of steel around you to protect you in the event of a crash. This means that, if someone is negligent and causes you injury, that injury is likely to be much more severe than it would be for another motorist.
Motorcyclists are endangered by the same types of negligence that other motorists are endangered by, but to a much greater extent. For example, the MRF – the Motorcycle Riders Foundation – made an official statement to the Senate regarding distracted driving legislation, as it impacts motorcyclists so much. That statement regarded distracted driving, as one of the most dangerous forms of negligence and how it is to be addressed by the law to better safeguard the lives of people on the road who are endangered by others who simply cannot put down their cell phones long enough to pay attention to what’s in front of them.
If you are injured on a motorcycle and another motorist causes that injury, it is highly advisable to speak to an attorney. As a motorcycle rider, you’re probably facing higher medical bills than a driver would and because you do have the exact same right to be out on the road as anyone else, there is no sense in you paying for the bills that someone else caused due to their own negligence.