Everyone knows that the choice to ride a motorcycle here in California also comes with a risk of injury or death. The risk may come from the rider’s own negligence or the negligence of another driver. Whatever the reason, accidents involving motorcycles almost always result in injuries and here’s why:

For starters, a motorcycle’s smaller size means less visibility on the roadways. A rider can easily get lost in the blind spot of another vehicle or go unnoticed in a turn lane. Depending on the specifics of the crash, injuries can range from bruises and broken bones to more serious injuries such as trauma to internal organs or brain damage.

Unlike cars or trucks, motorcycles do not have a protective cabin that encircles a rider meaning they are not only exposed to the elements but to other motorists on the roadway as well. Without the protection of a car’s exterior, the entire force of an impact is absorbed by the rider, causing serious or even fatal injuries.

Standard two-wheel motorcycles are not known for their stability either, meaning even the slightest bump from another vehicle could cause it to wobble, bucking the rider or causing it to crash on the roadway. These accidents can happen anywhere across the nation and typically occur when the driver of a car or truck travels too closely to a motorcycle or when another driver fails to check their blind spots before changing lanes or turning.

Because helmet laws have been lifted in a number of states, motorcyclists are no longer required to wear safety helmets that could prevent them from suffering a serious head trauma or brain injury in the event of an accident. Unlike most vehicles, which contain airbags to cushion a person’s head in an accident, a motorcyclist without a helmet does not have this protection. This typically results in very serious injuries to the rider or may even result in death.

Despite this risk of an accident, motorcyclists here in California also know that a crash caused by a negligent driver can lead to a personal injury lawsuit and potentially compensation. This is a fact though that a rider’s family should also be aware of, especially if a motorcycle accident ends up being a fatal one.