Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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.

Rear-end Collisions

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

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

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