Everyone knows that motorcycles can be extremely dangerous, but people appreciate the freedom and fun that they provide. Motorcyclists can protect themselves from some injuries by wearing a helmet and other protective gear. However, motorcyclists can’t control the behavior of negligent drivers. There are a number of common situations where a negligent driver can cause a serious motorcycle accident.
Motorcycle riders face significant dangers if they are struck by a vehicle from behind. A motorcyclist can fly over the handlebars and land on the pavement causing serious injury. Rear-end collisions are typically the result of drivers who are not paying attention to the road and do not notice when a motorcycle comes to a complete stop. It can also result from drivers who are tailgating.
Cars Making Left Turns
The most common cause of a motorcycle accident results when a driver makes a left turn in front of a motorcycle. Typically, the car that is turning hits a motorcycle that is going straight through an intersection. It is harder to judge the speed of a motorcycle, so a driver may make a turn before allowing the motorcycle enough time to pass through the intersection. These accidents can result in severe injuries to a motorcyclist. Drivers have an obligation to pay attention to their surroundings and not make a turn until it is safe to do so.
Head-on collisions between a motorcycle and another vehicle are usually fatal for the motorcyclist. Head-on collisions are usually caused by a driver who is impaired or distracted and drifts into an oncoming lane of traffic.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents occurs when a car changes lanes while a motorcycle is in its blind spot. Motorcycles have a lower profile and may be more difficult for a driver to see. Drivers who are not paying attention or who fail to check their blind spots can easily move into a motorcycle and cause a serious collision.
Contact an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you need an experienced and trusted attorney on your side. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español