Sunday, a Westerly man was killed while riding his motorcycle marking the 14th fatality this year in Rhode Island involving motorcycles. I do not know the details of Sunday’s accident, but it is clear that 14 fatalities in this small State is far too many.
Unfortunately, around 3,000 cyclists are killed each year across the country. Both drivers of cars and motorcyclists need to help bring down this staggering number. Drivers of cars are unaccustomed to looking for motorcycles or bicyclists. Often while looking for other vehicles to avoid, a driver’s eye can miss a motorcyle or bike. Unfortunately, a relatively minor car accident can result in a fatal motorcycle accident.
I am an avid bicyclist myself and know the unique hazards that motorcycle and bicycle riders face. It is always on us to drive defensively when the rest of the world is inattentive. If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle, it is important to call an attorney who understands this difference and has experience representing bikers.