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What happens in a motorcycle accident involving a child?

When it comes to riding a motorcycle in Rhode Island, safety should always be the topic of the day. Many of us know how to avoid a motorcycle accident when we are driving, but what about the impact that a crash could have on our passengers? Specifically, how should we manage minor passengers who could be at risk from more serious injuries from a distracted driver or other negligent party?

Most motorcycle riders know that they should take extra precautions when they are riding with a passenger. These include following at a safe distance, taking corners at slower speeds, and compensating for the increased weight on your bicycle by paying more attention to braking. All of these precautions mean very little, though, if you are the victim of a motorcycle accident because of a negligent party. This is particularly true for those who are carrying minor children on the motorcycle.

Much controversy surrounds the idea of carrying a minor passenger on a motorcycle, but Rhode Island allows minors of almost any age to ride along. Riding with a child poses a specific set of risks, so it is always a good idea to get the permission of a parent or legal guardian, even if the passenger is a teenager. Children and minor riders should always be outfitted with adequate safety equipment to prevent serious injury.

No matter how careful you are, though, sometimes a negligent driver can still cause catastrophic injuries for you and your minor rider. In that instance, you need a qualified attorney to help you understand your legal rights. Suffering a major injury such as a spinal cord injury or head injury can mean that you and your passenger need life-long care -- and the negligent party should have to pay. Motorcycle collision victims deserve compensation.

Source: DMV.org, "A Word About Passengers," accessed Jan. 06, 2017

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