Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are extremely dangerous forms of transportation, but many people enjoy the freedom that motorcycles provide. Motorcycle riders can protect themselves from some injuries by wearing helmets and other protective gear such as jackets and gloves. Riders of motorcycles and drivers of cars can also stay safe by being aware of common motorcycle accident situations and ways they can be avoided. Common motorcycle accidents include:

Cars Making Left Turns

The most common accident involves a car making a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle. Typically, the turning car hits a motorcycle that is going straight through an intersection. These accidents are common between cars as well but, because of the lack of protection afforded by a motorcycle, they are much more dangerous for motorcycle riders. These accidents may be avoided if a driver pays attention to their surroundings and err on the side of waiting for a motorcycle to pass before making a turn.

Lane Changing

Another common situation occurs when a car moves into another lane while there is a motorcycle right next to it. Motorcycles have a lower profile and are harder to see than another car. Drivers who are not paying attention or checking their blind spot can easily move into a motorcycle and cause a serious accident. These accidents can be avoided if drivers carefully check their blind spots. Motorcycle riders should try and stay out of a driver’s blind spot if possible. If you can’t see the driver in their side mirror, they can’t see you. 

Head-on Collisions

Head-on collisions between a car and a motorcycle are usually fatal for the motorcycle rider. When a motorcycle and car crash head-on they are both usually traveling at a high rate of speed. These accidents are usually caused by driver distraction or impairment. For motorcycle riders riding to the right side of the road and reading the road ahead can be helpful in preventing head-on collisions when possible. If you are riding on the right side, you will more likely have the opportunity to slow down and pull off the road if a car is coming towards you. 

Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our trusted attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians injured in motorcycle accidents. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to schedule your free consultation today.