Causes of Motorcycle Accidents: Limited Visibility

limited-visibilityRiding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be a dangerous one. Especially when other motorists fail to see you on the road.

Limited visibility, or poor rider conspicuity, is a major cause of motorcycle accidents and responsible for 38 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

When motorists fail to yield to motorcycle riders, the consequences are often severe. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of other drivers, we urge you to call us today at 1-800-753-5203. Our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to help.

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What is a Limited Visibility Accident?

The term “limited visibility accident” refers to any type of motorcycle accident in which motorcyclists are injured due the inability of drivers to recognize and yield to motorcyclists on the street, on the highway, or in dense traffic.

When a driver causes an accident by failing to yield to a motorcyclist going straight, passing, or overtaking another vehicle, he or she may be considered at fault.

What are the Common Causes of Limited Visibility Accidents?

It’s rare that a driver fails to yield to a motorcyclist on purpose. Much more frequently, limited visibility accidents are caused by driver inattention or negligence. Some common causes of limited visibility accidents include:

  • Distracted Driving: When drivers divert their attention from the road to use cell phones, electronic gadgets, or simply to talk with other passengers, limited visibility accidents are much more likely to occur.
  • Impaired Driving: When drivers operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they are much less likely to be focused on the road, becoming a danger both to themselves and others.
  • Drowsy Driving: When drivers don’t get the sleep they need, their ability to focus on the road and keep track of other drivers’ movements is significantly reduced.

What Can You Do To Increase The Visibility of Your Motorcycle?

No matter who is considered legally at fault, nobody wants to be involved in a motorcycle accident. Motorcyclists can, and should, do their part to increase their visibility.

Here are some precautions you can take to increase your safety:

  • Wear brightly colored / light-reflective helmets and clothing.
  • Add reflective tape or reflectors to your bike.
  • Keep out of vehicle blind spots.

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The law firm of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk knows how devastating a motorcycle accident can be. Our experienced legal professionals have been defending the rights of Florida motorcycle accident victims for more than 30 years. Call our motorcycle accident injury attorneys now at 1-800-753-5203.