Motorcycles are inherently dangerous for riders because they provide none of the protections offered by passenger cars, such as a protective cage and seatbelts providing restraint within. The danger of motorcycles is somewhat insidious because it can extend to those in nearby cars as well.
There are three general types of motorcycles on the public roadway: cruisers, standard bikes, and sport bikes. Of the three, sport bikes take up an inordinately high percentage of accidents involving two-wheeled vehicles.
Designed for speed and maneuverability, these motorcycles are extremely light and fast, with many models capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds. Riding any motorcycle involves the shifting of body weight while maneuvering, and by design of the vehicle, the rider on a sport bike is positioned in a forward-leaning fashion with shoulders radically in front of the feet. This allows the rider to exercise the highest level of agility in participating with the machine while maneuvering, and puts the skills of the rider to test at high speeds.
Stunting on Public Roadways
An unfortunate byproduct of the capabilities of these motorcycles is the temptation of riders to push their skills as close as possible to those of the machine, and the inherent danger of these so-called street rockets twofold.
First, their capabilities often far exceed the ability of the rider, especially those lacking experience. The extreme acceleration can result in unforgiving levels of speed within a very brief moment, and prove too fast for the sharpness of a curve or other road conditions. Second, the bike’s ability to perform stunts like “front wheelies,” (riding on the front tire only with the rear tire raised above pavement) and “rear wheelies” tempts many riders to stunt on the public roadway.
When any vehicle, including a motorcycle, loses control in traffic, it might strike other vehicles causing damage, injury, and loss of control. Further, an out-of-control vehicle can startle other motorists, inducing abrupt evasive maneuvers which can then lead the evading vehicle, itself, to become an agent of destruction.
Criminality of Recklessness
Many riders set out for a day of fun without fully contemplating the criminality associated with riding in a reckless manner. Most are cognizant that riding at excessive speeds and performing tricks on public roads are a violation of Indiana traffic laws. This behavior can lead to loss of driving privileges, heavy fines, and traffic citations, which can damage a driving record. Many do not consider that such radical riding can result in radical charges, including reckless homicide.
Crimes against persons involve mens rea, a legal term for malicious intent. Usually, a rider is out for a thrill, and intends no harm to anybody. However, under circumstances of reckless riding, this malice exists at the moment a rider decides to take a substantial risk that puts others in danger.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle crash, whether rider or motorist, you need an experienced vehicle accident attorney on your side. Contact or call the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison Jr. now at (812) 945-3055 for a confidential consultation.