Motorcycles can be a challenging, and even dangerous, mode of transportation. Motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries in an accident since there is little protection for them. Like all accidents, motorcycle accidents can be prevented, especially when we understand common causes. Here are some of the most frequent situations that lead to a motorcyclist.
Unsafe Lane Changes
When drivers forget to check their mirrors and blind spots before merging or changing lanes, they run the risk of causing an accident. Motorcyclists can easily hide in a blind spot. When drivers fail to use their turn signals, they can take riders by surprise and can even cause the rider to be hit. Riders should try to be aware of drivers’ blind spots, and avoid them whenever possible.
When getting out of a parked car, a driver will usually open their door towards the street. If they fail to check approaching traffic, they may open their door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. Dooring accidents often can be severe for unsuspecting riders.
While speeding is responsible for thousands of auto accidents each year, it can also lead to deadly motorcycle accidents. Speeding reduces the time a driver or rider has to react to a hazardous situation. High speeds can also mean greater impacts and more serious injuries for all involved.
Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
There are many substances that can impair your ability to drive. Some are even legal and prescribed. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence, however, is illegal. Drivers or riders who are under the influence will have reduced judgment, slowed reaction times, and less bodily coordination and balance.
A popular way for motorcyclists to bypass traffic, lane splitting involved the rider cutting between lanes of cars. In many states, it is illegal, since it can surprise drivers and lead to accidents.
Motorcycles can be different to stop quickly. There is less surface area on the tires that is in contact with the road to provide control. Many riders are forced to lay down their bike to avoid collisions caused by sudden stops. This can lead to serious injuries for the rider. Additionally, drivers who tailgate riders can cause deadly accidents if the rider needs to stop suddenly.
Learning to ride a motorcycle involves a steep and dangerous learning curve. Like all new drivers, those who are learning to ride will need to learn how to handle their bike in dangerous situations and avoid making unsafe moves on the road.
When drivers or riders misjudge their left turns or fail to yield the appropriate right of way, accidents can occur. Riders need to be especially careful when making turns or when someone is turning while they are approaching.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Poorly maintained roads and bad weather can challenge drivers, but motorcyclists can have a far more difficult time navigating bad conditions. With less control surface and stability, potholes, debris, and other hazards can cause severe accidents for riders.
When a rider is on the road, they trust their bike to react familiarly and handle the way they know. Defects, such as poor design or faulty manufacturing, can cause injuries or accidents when the bike fails.
The injuries caused by motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic and can leave a rider injured for life. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to speak with our Ventura motorcycle accident attorneys. At the Haffner Law Group, our experienced legal team understands the intricacies of these types of accidents, and we are dedicated to ensuring our clients receive the compensation they deserve.