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Rhode Island is the only state that requires completion of a mandatory safety course as a requirement for a motorcycle license. That promotes safety among Rhode Island motorcyclists, but there are many other factors involved in motorcycle accidents – which are among the deadliest collisions on the roads.
If you drive a motorcycle, the most important step you can take to protect yourself is to wear a helmet. Rhode Island law only requires passengers and drivers under the age of 21 to wear helmets, but crash data suggests that wearing your helmet reduces the chance of suffering a fatal injury by 37.
It’s important that you do all that you can to protect yourself – because not all dangers are within your control. Drivers of other vehicles often overlook motorcycles because of their size. About 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with other vehicles, usually a passenger automobile – and the driver of the other vehicle is at fault in two-thirds of those accidents.
The typical motorcycle accident gives the motorcyclist less than 2 seconds to avoid a collision. Unlike other drivers, cyclists have very little protection when an accident occurs. The likelihood of injury is extremely high – 98% of multiple vehicle collisions result in an injury to the motorcycle rider, and 45% of riders sustain serious or fatal injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones and/or loss of limb
- Severe injuries to the ankles, knees and legs
- Organ damage
Those injuries often require long-term medical care that can quickly become costly. At Gemma Law Associates Inc., we understand that recovering from a motorcycle accident is challenging enough; you shouldn’t have to worry about whether you can afford medical treatment. Our attorneys have helped many clients involved in motorcycle accidents recover the compensation they need to move forward with their lives. We understand what happens when a driver fails to see a motorcycle and a crash occurs as a result – and we have the experience to investigate your situation, determine who is to blame and prepare an effective legal case on your behalf.
If you’ve suffered a serious personal injury from a motorcycle accident, contact Gemma Law Associates, Inc. toll free or submit an online contact form. We’ve been helping clients in Rhode Island for more than 45 years – and we can help you.