Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous. Even if you wear all of the recommended safety gear, it’s possible that you could end up in an accident with serious injuries. Most motorcycle accidents involve a vehicle, however it’s possible for motorcyclists to collide with another motorcycle, a pedestrian, bicyclist, truck, or bus.
Many of these accidents have one thing in common—negligence. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by negligence, speak to a personal injury attorney at once to discuss your legal options.
What are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycle accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Many accidents involving a motorcycle and a car are head-on collisions. Unfortunately, motorcyclists often suffer very serious injuries in these accidents because they do not have much protection.
Left Hand Turns
Nearly half of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a car occur when the car is attempting to make a left hand turn and collides with the motorcyclist. This is because motorcycles are smaller than cars, so many drivers may not see a motorcyclist approaching them from the side. In most cases, the motorcycle is trying to pass the car or is going straight through an intersection at the same time the car is trying to turn left.
A motorcyclist who drives in between two lanes while traffic is at a stop or moving slowly is said to be lane splitting. Although it can be fairly dangerous because of how little space there is between the motorcycle and other cars on the road, lane splitting is legal in the state of California.
Motorcycles often fall into drivers’ blind spots, which means they are often involved in crashes where the driver was attempting to change lanes before colliding with the motorcyclist.
Motorcycles can also be involved in rear end collision if another driver fails to stop in time to prevent a crash. Even a minor fender bender that causes very little damage to a car could seriously injure a motorcyclist.
If you’re driving a car, you may not even notice if you drive over a pothole or between two uneven lanes. However, these road hazards are much more dangerous for motorcyclists. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by these dangerous conditions. If you are injured because of a road hazard, you may be able to file a claim against the city, county, or state that is responsible for maintaining the road.
Proving Liability in Motorcycle Accident Cases
If you are seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, the other driver may try to escape liability by saying you were at fault. Avoid this issue by collecting as much evidence at the scene of the accident as possible. For example, always call law enforcement to the scene of the accident to create an official police report. You should also get the contact information of any witnesses who observed the accident. If you do not need immediate medical attention, take pictures of as much as possible at the scene, including the property damage, your injuries, and any road conditions that could have contributed to the accident.
Help is Available For Motorcycle Accident Victims
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver or poor road conditions, contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley today to discuss your case. In a collision involving a motorcycle and a vehicle, motorcyclists often suffer more serious injuries than the driver of the vehicle. You shouldn’t have to suffer with these injuries alone—let us help you recover the compensation you deserve.