Motorcyclists are at a safety disadvantage when traveling the roadways, due to their lack of visibility and very limited protection when accidents occur. Recognizing the situations in which riders are more vulnerable can go a long way toward avoiding them.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Collisions
Left-hand turns made by other vehicles are the most dangerous situations for motorcyclists. The turning vehicle may strike the motorcyclist who is going straight through an intersection, or it may occur as the cyclist overtakes and tries to pass a car that suddenly veers out of its lane and into the motorcyclist. Inattentiveness by the other driver and/or blind spots may be factors.
Far more motorcyclists are struck head-on than they are from behind. Riders need to be aware of situations in which traffic in an oncoming lane may be about to spill partway over into their lane due to an obstacle of some sort.
When traffic is backed up, some impatient motorcyclists may attempt “lane splitting,” which means driving between two lanes of traffic in order to continue moving. This practice reduces space for maneuvering and puts vehicles dangerously close to each other.
Simple physics says that potholes, slick pavement, dead animals, loose stones, and other irregularities pose more of a threat to motorcyclists than other drivers. Two points of contact with the ground is not as stable as four.
Speeding and alcohol use by motorcyclists obviously heighten the risk of accidents and jeopardize everyone sharing the roadways.
If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that was the fault of another, contact our office to protect your rights.
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