Motorcycles can be a lot of fun. They can also be very dangerous. A motorcyclist faces more hazards on the road than the driver of a car or truck. They are more difficult to see sometimes, and they are in a more precarious, less protected position. They have no type of protective structure that surrounds and protects their bodies like a driver in a car does.
This means that they have a greater chance of suffering serious or even fatal injuries when they are involved in an accident. It is because of this that motorcyclists are more likely (about 17 times more likely, on average) to be killed in a crash that a person who drives a car. They are also five times more likely to be hurt.
Understanding some of the more common ways that a motorcyclist can get into an accident can help them prevent accidents.
Accidents Caused by Rider Error or Negligence
Just about anything that the motorcycle rider can do that would cause an accident can also be done by the driver of a vehicle. In other words, either of the vehicles could do these things and cause the accident, but these are common among rider.
If the rider is operating the motorcycle in a reckless manner, such as speeding or lane splitting, it can cause an accident. Lane splitting occurs when the motorcycle is ridden between two cars on a road as opposed to the motorcycle being in one lane or the other. When a rider fails to recognize just how easy it is to have an accident on a motorcycle, when they don’t respect the bike or the road, they begin to take chances and get careless. Left turn accidents are yet another problem. Left turns often involve crossing someone else’s lane.
Unsafe lane changes are a common concern both on the part of the rider and the driver of the other vehicle. With distracted driving on the rise, tragedy can occur in a moment. Another very common cause of motorcycle accidents is car doors suddenly opening I the motorcycle’s path. Both the rider and the person in the car should be paying attention, but ultimately, it is the rider’s responsibility, for the most part, to avoid doors that open suddenly.
Driving under the influence causes hundreds of accidents each year. Many of them result in serious injury or even death. Motorcyclists who observe a car acting erratically, swerving or slowing a speeding, should avoid that vehicle because those are signs that the driver may be intoxicated. Of course, it is just as dangerous to operate a motorcycle while under the influence. It is also illegal.
Accidents Caused by the Negligence or Error of Another Driver or Other Issues
Sometimes a motorcyclist will encounter hazards on the road that they have no control over and they may have difficulty avoiding. Sudden stops are very common. When a motorcyclist is riding on the road, behind a car, and the car slams on its brakes, the motorcyclist may not have enough time to stop. It could result in the motorcycle hitting the car and injuries can occur.
Inexperienced drivers last the skill and knowledge that more seasoned drivers usually possess. They can cause serious accidents, especially when it involves a motorcycle. Often, the driver is just too new to be able to effectively manage the various hazards of the road. They may not even know to look for motorcycles.
Road dangers can make motorcycle riding very difficult. Wet roads, icy bridges, and fallen trees blocking the street can all present very serious challenges, and if the rider is inexperienced he or she may not know how to handle the road conditions. High winds and storms are another concern. Motorcycle riders must keep their eyes open and stay on alert while they are on the road. That is the only way to avoid an accident.
Sometimes, even when you obey all of the laws of the road and do everything you are supposed to do, you still have an accident. Motorcycle defect is the most common cause of this. This can occur at the factory level with a manufacturer defect, or it can happen after someone works on the bike but doesn’t do a good or thorough job. The bad thing is, many times you aren’t aware there is a problem until it causes an accident. You may be riding, following all the rules of the road, but suddenly you are in an accident through no fault of your own.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you need caring, compassionate representation by a Vancouver motorcycle accident attorney who will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. You need the personal injury lawyers at McLarty Wolf Litigation Lawyers. Don’t wait another day, don’t wait to see what happens with your case. Contact them today and let them fight for you. They are in your corner.