Motorcyclists: Is the System Prejudiced Against Them?

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you may be well familiarized with a certain amount of prejudice on the road—and you may have even learned to embrace it; after all, motorcycles do have a certain air of counter culture about them, as well as being associated with a love for accelerated speeds, leather jackets, and an independent spirit. Thousands of car enthusiasts could be portrayed the same way though—and on the flip side, there are many individuals out there enjoying motorcycles who are conservative, but enjoy fresh air, the feel of a nice bike, and even adventurous cross-country trips around the US.

There are some drawbacks to riding a motorcycle, but there are also numerous benefits too: affordability, a faster commute, the opportunity to get outdoors, and more. There is no denying that motorcyclists are forced to be more vigilant on the roads than ever before. Because other drivers often do not see them due to blind spots or lack of expectation, they must go to much greater lengths to be seen, heard, and to drive defensively.

Aside from being treated like second-hand citizens on the road, motorcyclists may experience prejudice everywhere from being sentenced in the court system after a wreck, to the hospital when they are admitted and suspected to be at fault, perhaps to blame for taking the risk in their choice of vehicles, or some may associate them with motorcycle gangs no matter what. Motorcyclists may often fall victim to profiling, as well as finding themselves prohibited from parking in garages and otherwise unwelcome in numerous venues.

Society may be much to blame for the prejudice those riding motorcycles face, sometimes making the venture even riskier—but the greatest danger to motorcyclists overall is the ever-growing group of motorists who pay no attention to them at all: distracted drivers. This is the greatest danger to everyone on the road today, in fact, with thousands being injured daily. Because motorcyclists are more vulnerable on the road, they are more susceptible to serious injuries or even fatalities on the road. Drivers may cause serious accidents as they are too busy texting, talking on their phones, or otherwise distracted by grooming, eating and drinking, and passenger activity.

Motorcyclists must remain vigilant on the roads, giving distracted drivers a wide berth, attempting to avoid getting into motorists blind spots whenever possible, as well as being especially careful at stoplights and left-hand turns. It is also crucial to avoid engaging in any road-rage activity initiated by other motorists, as that can lead to accidents and even violence.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of others, please call Heintz & Becker for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We handle all types of Florida personal injury cases, and our law firm has established an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. If you have been seriously injured, call us now at 941-748-2916 or contact us online. We are here to help!

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