Spring is almost here, and with it warmer weather that is suitable for motorcycle riding. Before you hop on your bike and hit the road, though, you need to be aware of the dangers out there so that you can do everything in your power to protect yourself.

The sad reality is that many motorists have motorcycle unawareness. One reason for this unawareness is the fact that many motorists aren’t used to looking for objects smaller than passenger vehicles. As a result, motorcyclists are often overlooked. This can cause a driver to pull out in front of a biker, resulting in a serious accident. In other instances, motorists fail to yield to motorcyclists. In many of these cases, a motorcycle strikes a vehicle as that vehicle makes a left turn in front of the motorcycle, causing the motorcyclist to be thrown from their bike.

Another danger posed to motorcyclists is distracted driving. Far too many drivers are engaged in activities other than paying attention to the road. Whether using a cellphone, eating, talking to passengers, or looking for something on the floorboard, distraction can not only significantly decrease a driver’s ability to recognize a motorcyclist, but also diminish his or her ability to take preventative action when a motorcyclist is seen. Sadly, motorcycle accidents caused by distracted driving are far too common, and innocent individuals who are minding their own are forced to pay the price.

Tragically, victims of these accidents are typically left with extensive damages. They may be subjected to significant physical and emotional pain and suffering in addition to financial losses in the form of medical expenses, lost wages, and lost earning capacity.

Coming face-to-face with these realities can be scary. But if you’re in this situation, you can get through it. Competent legal professionals stand ready to help you fight for accountability and compensation so that you can move on to the next chapter in your life and put your motorcycle accident behind you.