While automobile accidents are terrible as they are, those involving motorcycles tend to be more devastating. Because motorcycles are smaller and lighter than every other vehicle on the road, motorcyclists are generally at greater risk of serious injuries and fatalities. This is why motorcyclists should practice extra precautions when on the road, but other motorists have responsibilities as well.
In this article brought to you by the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan, we look at some common causes of motorcycle accidents and investigate how they pertain to personal injury claims. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, then call the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan for a FREE consultation with a personal injury lawyer.
One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is distracted driving. When drivers divert their attention from the road to engage in activities like eating, texting, or talking on the phone, they become more prone to swerving and colliding with motorcycles. When driving, eyes must be on the road!
Another common scenario involves drivers making unsafe lane changes without properly checking blind spots or using turn signals. When a motorcyclist is in the adjacent lane, sudden lane changes by other drivers can force the motorcyclist into rushed maneuvers, often leading to dangerous collisions and significant harm to the motorcyclist.
Similar to lane-change accidents, left-turn accidents often happen due to motorist negligence. These accidents tend to occur when a driver misjudges the speed or distance of an approaching motorcycle while making a left turn. Failing to yield the right of way to motorcycles or misjudging the motorcyclist’s position can result in dangerous crashes.
Tailgating refers to the act of driving too closely behind another vehicle, leaving inadequate stopping distance. Motorcycles are lighter and tend to stop in a shorter distance than the average automobile. When a motorcyclist is tailgated by a larger vehicle, they are put in especially significant danger. In case of sudden braking or other emergencies, the tailgating driver may not have enough time to react, resulting in a rear-end collision with the motorcycle.
Dooring accidents occur when a motorcyclist collides with a vehicle door that is suddenly opened in their path. These accidents typically happen when a driver or passenger in a parked car opens their door without checking for oncoming traffic, including motorcycles. Motorcyclists may not have enough time or space to react or maneuver around the open door, resulting in a collision.
Motorcycles are more susceptible to road hazards such as potholes, debris, uneven surfaces, or slippery conditions. Their smaller size and reduced stability make motorcycles more prone to losing control when encountering road hazards.
It’s important to note that the details of each motorcycle accident can vary, and the liability depends on various factors such as the evidence presented, applicable laws, and the expertise of legal professionals involved. If you or someone you know has been involved in a motorcycle accident, then call the Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan to consult with a personal injury attorney. Our initial case evaluation is FREE of charge!