Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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.

An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help After a Car Crash

Sometimes, even the safest drivers can find themselves involved in an accident due to the behavior of an aggressive driver. In those situations, the aggressive driver can be held responsible and made to pay for your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In Alaska, accident victims can rely on attorney Ben Crittenden to help. As a personal injury lawyer, Ben has worked hard to make sure his clients’ voices are heard and they are able to obtain the maximum amount of compensation. Every accident victim deserves the chance to recover as fully as possible, and Ben is here to help you meet that goal. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident because of an aggressive driver, take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page, or request a free copy of Ben’s bookA Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, to learn more about your rights.

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