Although there are hundreds of thousands of bikes on the road, there is something about motorcycles and their drivers that undeniably grabs the attention of others. Many of us are interested in what model of bike they have chosen, along with checking out their unique protective gear and varying accoutrements. Motorcyclists often have an air of excitement about them that is contagious—along with enviable camaraderie on the roads. You may find yourself drawn in, listening to the rev of the engine, and watching them take off down the highway, carefree in the fresh air.
There are drawbacks to riding a motorcycle, however, and as you are probably aware, safety is at the top of that list. Without the protection of a car weighing four thousand pounds or more, any type of accident could be very serious for a motorcyclist, and cause major injury—or even death. Other factors, such as road rage, can lead to injury and violence on the road, and should be avoided at all cost. But are motorcyclists at greater risk for being confronted with road rage?
Anyone can be a target of road rage, and other motorists often become enraged with each other over traffic issues such as driving too slowly or too fast or they may know each other personally and be chasing each other or preparing to inflict drive-by violence on one party or another. Motorcyclists are an easier target as they are not encapsulated by a metal vehicle and are out in the open where it is easier to start an argument, or in some cases, even attempt to run into them with a vehicle maliciously. These types of incidents are extremely dangerous to everyone involved as well as other motorists too who may have to stop suddenly in the face of an ongoing altercation or may become involved as the issue escalates further.
Most drivers report having driven aggressively in the past, as well as experiencing road rage while driving. If you are a motorcyclist (or motorist—or anyone else traveling on the road), always drive defensively and avoid getting into potentially volatile issues with other drivers by following traffic rules, be courteous, and avoid anyone who seems to be belligerent in traffic. Avoid stress on your own part by giving yourself plenty of time to get from one destination to another, eliminating distraction in the car, and try to make your minutes and hours in the car peaceful ones.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the attorneys at Heintz & Becker. We’ve helped victims from Bradenton, Sarasota, and all over Florida get compensation for their damages and medical expenses after accidents. Call us for a free consultation now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!
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