As we are into summer and the peak of riding season, motorcycle safety is a top priority. Motorcycles offer less protection and stability than passenger vehicles, resulting in a higher incidence of serious injuries and fatalities among motorcyclists. By understanding the top reasons for motorcycle accidents and knowing who may be liable for injuries caused by accidents, you can better protect yourself. Some of the most common reasons for motorcycle accidents include the following:
One of the most common causes of motorcycle fatalities are head-on collisions. Fifty-six percent of motorcycle fatalities are caused by head-on collisions between vehicles and motorcycles, with most of these accidents involving the vehicle hitting the motorcycle from the front.
Vehicles making left turns
Motorcyclists also need to be careful of vehicles making left-hand turns. The vehicle typically hits the motorcycle when the motorcycle is going directly through an intersection, passing the vehicle or speeding up and seeking to get ahead of the vehicle. While the vehicle trying to make the left-hand turn is normally found at fault in these accidents, if the motorcyclist was speeding or riding in the wrong lane, the motorcyclist may be found at least partially at fault.
Lane splitting is another common cause of motorcycle accidents. It happens when a motorcycle attempts to drive through two lanes of traffic that are either fully stopped or moving slowly. This maneuver is dangerous and can result in accidents, because of the small amount of space between the motorcycle and the vehicles and the fact that vehicles are not anticipating being passed while in slow traffic. Whether lane splitting is allowed in your state and the opinions of the police officer and the judge in the case can determine who is at fault. Additionally, the way in which the motorcyclist and driver of the vehicle acted leading up to the accident may also be considered.
Speeding and alcohol use
Finally, speeding and alcohol consumption play a role in half of all motorcycle accidents; these accidents can be more dangerous for motorcyclists, given that motorcycles offer less protection than cars. Always be sober and avoid speeding.
Knowing the common causes of motorcycle accidents, exercising extra caution and wearing a helmet at all times can help motorcyclists stay safe on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights and help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact the law offices of Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co. L.P.A. at 216-592-8364 or toll free at 888-341-5854 to get guidance regarding your personal injury. You can also schedule a consultation online.