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What are the biggest dangers when riding a motorcycle on the highway?

Iowa motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. However, a motorcycle crash on a high-speed highway like I-80 or I-380 carries a greater risk of injury than being hit on a local road.

Because a collision on a high speed highway can result in serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, it is important that both drivers and motorcyclists understand the dangers that face motorcyclists on the highway.

Three Reasons Motorcycle Accidents Occur on Highways

  • Car drivers have trouble seeing motorcyclists. Because motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles, they are easily hidden both behind other vehicles and in blind spots. When the driver does see the motorcycle, it is too late to react.
     
  • It is hard for drivers to judge the distance between vehicles. Because of their small size, motorcyclists may appear to be further away than they really are. Car drivers may think they have more space than they actually do.
     
  • It can be difficult for a car driver to estimate the speed at which a motorcyclist is traveling. Because of the size difference, motorcycles may appear to be moving faster or slower than actual speed.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often blamed for highway crashes. Drivers claim that “the motorcyclist came out of nowhere” or “he seemed to be going so fast,” without realizing that their perception has been affected because of the size of the motorcycle. If you are injured in an Iowa motorcycle wreck, you need good, reliable advice. You can find this advice in The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. Request your copy by clicking on the link in the sidebar.

An experienced Cedar Rapids motorcycle injury lawyer can help you protect your rights after an Iowa motorcycle crash. To learn more, contact Hupy and Abraham S.C., P.C. at 800-800-5678.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham