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Distracted drivers can be deadly to motorcyclists

With the growing use of personal electronics, many drivers find themselves distracted by numerous tasks even during a short trip. Cell phones and computer tablets can cause drivers to lose focus on their surroundings and pose a threat to other vehicles. Due to a lack of safety equipment, motorcyclists run the risk of suffering devastating or fatal injuries in a motor vehicle collision.

Cars and trucks are designed around protecting drivers and passengers in the event of a collision. Shatter-proof glass, seat-belts, airbags and crumple zones all work together to provide a safe environment for the vehicle occupants. Conversely, a rider is typically only protected by heavy clothing and a helmet. The motorcycle itself contains no sort of safety equipment, and a rider can suffer injuries from both the collision, and falling and sliding along the road surface. The combination of impact sources can result in catastrophic injuries.

Motorcycle fatalities can result from numerous types of accidents. Even a seemingly minor collision might knock a rider into stationary vehicles, guardrails or concrete barriers. More and more collisions, unfortunately, are being caused by distracted drivers.

Drivers who are eating, reading, talking on a cellphone, texting or talking to passengers in the car lose focus on the act of driving. These drivers might not recognize stopped traffic, begin to drift into other lanes, or merge or change lanes without looking. Unfortunately, when these distracted drivers collide with a motorcycle, the results can be deadly.

Riders can suffer a broken back, broken neck, head trauma or internal injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal motorcycle accident, it is wise to consult with an attorney experienced in handling these types of cases. Schedule a free consultation with attorney Scott J. Corwin.

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