Riding a motorcycle is a way of transportation many people enjoy. However, motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable road users in Atlantic Canada.
Even though motorcycle riding is often seasonal, and motorcycles are only 2% of registered vehicles on the road, 10% of Canada’s motor vehicle fatalities are motorcyclists.
As well, motorcycle crashes cause injuries which are on average 10 times as severe as those resulting from accidents involving cars. This is due to the vulnerability of the rider, which can cause catastrophic injuries.
In Atlantic Canada, motorcycle accidents are most likely to occur due to one of these five factor:
1. The failure of other drivers to see the motorcyclist;
2. The motorcyclist speeding;
3. The motorcyclist making illegal moves;
4. The motorcyclist being inexperienced or inattentive;
5. The motorcyclist using drugs, or alcohol.
Motorcycle riders can ride their whole lives, and not get a scratch. There’s a risk to anything, especially on the road. But, before taking your bike for a spin, it’s important to know what can happen, and use defensive driving tips to avoid an accident.
Cantini Law Group has over 30 years of experience advocating for clients who have suffered injuries following a motor vehicle accident. With 5 locations serving NS, NB, and PEI, contact Cantini for a free consultation at 1-844-CANTINI (226-8464).