By now, most of us know that motorcycles—while offering many great benefits—can be incredibly dangerous. The dangers are really threefold, and no matter how experienced and skilled a motorcyclist you are, you will always be competing with at least two of the dangers.
The first is the physical nature of the bike itself—small and exposed, it does not offer much protection from larger vehicles on the road. The second danger, which usually affects less experienced riders, is the rider. Not understanding the limits of their motorcycle or their skill, “young” riders are more prone to accidents. The third danger is other drivers on the road, and no matter your skill level, these drivers will always pose a problem.
So with these three dangers in mind, it is no wonder that one type of motorcycle in particular contributes to a large portion of D.C. area motorcycle accidents, as well as motorcycle crashes across the country. High performance bikes, including sport and supersport motorcycles, are lightweight and very high-powered. These motorcycles are capable of very high speeds, and typically attract younger riders under the age of 35.
You can already see how this would be problematic across the board—younger, less experienced riders on very powerful machines tend to take more risks while riding, which makes them a danger to themselves and others. The fatality rate on these motorcycles is two to four times higher than traditional, conventional motorcycles, and it is no wonder why—with operating speeds exceeding 150 miles per hour, any minor slip-up can have catastrophic results.
Just because you drive one of these high-power motorcycles does not mean, however, that you are a dangerous rider. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you deserve compensation no matter what type of bike you were on. The Virginia and Maryland motorcycle accident attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins are here to help—call us today at 202.296.0666 for a free consultation.