Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Nothing compares to the freedom and exhilaration of riding a motorcycle. The purr of the engine. The feel of the wind in your face. The acceleration that most motorists envy. There’s nothing quite like it.
Unfortunately, motorcycles are more likely to be involved in an accident because they’re smaller and therefore less visible than cars. With no seatbelt or protective car frame around them, motorcyclists also have a greater risk of severe injury or death. Before you head out on your next ride, become familiar with the most common causes of motorcycle accidents so you can do your part to help avoid a crash.
Failure to Check Blind Spots
Drivers often skip checking their blind spots before turning or changing lanes. Motorcycles are small and easy to miss if a driver isn’t paying attention. This negligent behavior is the most common way for motorcyclists to be run off the road or struck by a vehicle.
When a driver parallel-parks by the curb, they may take a moment to rummage through their belongings or look at their phone. Once they’re ready to exit the car, they must check for traffic coming up behind them to avoid causing a door accident. If the car door opens right in front of a motorcycle, the biker could collide with the door, causing severe injuries and property damage.
Everyone is at risk when a drunk driver gets behind the wheel. Motorcyclists and other drivers should watch out for erratic driving behavior that could signal a drunk driver. Then, keep a safe distance. You never know if a drunk driver’s inability to operate their vehicle safely could send them veering out of control.
Poor Road Conditions
Factors such as rain, potholes, and construction debris can make road conditions dangerous for cars and motorcycles alike. While bikers have greater agility, they may be more prone to accidents if they swerve at the last minute to avoid hitting an obstacle in the road. Don’t ride a motorcycle in hazardous conditions whenever possible. If you have no other choice, be extra careful out there.
Overcompensating the Front Brake
If you’re still getting used to the feel of your bike, you might accidentally brake too hard, causing you to launch over the handlebars. It’s important to take motorcycle riding classes to avoid becoming a victim of momentum. Then, ride safely and brake responsibly to avoid injury.
Lane Splitting or White-Lining
It’s common practice for bikers to weave through slower vehicles or zoom past a traffic jam on the freeway. Known as lane splitting or white-lining, this dangerous maneuver could cause an accident and result in serious injury for the motorcyclist.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, team up with Taps & Associates for help pursuing the compensation you deserve. Our motorcycle accident lawyers understand your legal rights and will help you win your case against the at-fault party. To request your free case evaluation, please contact us online or call us at 404-492-8746.