The summer months are a great time for Minnesota residents to get out of their homes and enjoy road trips. While some may choose to take their rides in their four-wheeled vehicles, others may elect to cross the state on their motorcycles. Motorcycles are an efficient and safe means of travel when drivers and motorcyclists both abide by the rules of the road. When drivers allow distractions to cloud their operating skills, however, motorcyclists can be seriously hurt.
Driving distractions affect all individuals who must share the roads with irresponsible drivers, and driving distractions can take on many forms. Texting and driving is one common way that drivers allow non-driving tasks to affect their operating abilities, but eating, drinking, talking on the phone, grooming, and other activities can also pose dangers. Because motorcycles and their riders are relatively small, they are sometimes missed by other drivers.
Visual recognition is a problem for motorcycles. This means that it is harder for other drivers to see them because they are small, less common than other cars, and often maneuver more than bigger vehicles. When visual recognition challenges collide with distracted operating practices, disastrous and even fatal incidents can result for motorcycle riders.
Drivers of all vehicles should take precautions to avoid collisions and keep themselves and others safe on Minnesota roads. When distractions cause motorcycle accidents, victims may suffer pain, loss, and other significant damages. Their claims may be pursued through the courts in a personal injury cause of action, and those who wish to learn more about these issues should contact their attorney.