This segment of The Law and You features personal injury trial lawyer Don Corson discussing the rising incidence of serious injuries and fatalities among motorcyclists.
JOEL: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Don Corson. Don, there seem to be more motorcycles on the road these days and more accidents as well.
DON: Joel, that’s correct. Motorcycles have become more popular, and unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are on the rise. Nationally, the number of motorcycle fatalities has more than doubled over the past decade. The main causes of these crashes are visibility issues with other motorists and lack of experience and training on the part of motorcycle riders. Product defects are also a factor, including cases of newer tire failure; strange wobbles or noises immediately before the crash; or when a motorcycle malfunctions for no apparent reason. Motorcyclists should be aware of motorcycle defects, recalls, and also the safety courses offered by TEAM OREGON working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State University.
JOEL: Thanks, Don. For links to motorcycle recalls and the Team Oregon safety program, visit CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.
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