What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Residents in Louisiana enjoy the ability to ride their motorcycles year-round. Because the weather is often nice, traveling by motorcycle can be an enjoyable and efficient way to get around. While there are many benefits for riding a motorcycle, there are some downsides. These small vehicles face many risks on the roadways, and when a motorcycle crash occurs, bikers are likely to suffer a wide range of serious injuries.

While motorcycle safety is important and numerous campaigns have been initiated to further this effort, this does not always prevent a negligent driver from colliding with a biker. What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

At the top of the list is when a vehicle turns in front of a motorcyclist. This frequently occurs when a car fails to see the motorcyclist or misjudges their speed, deciding to turn in from of the biker at an intersection. Whether it is due to inattention, distraction or blind spots, this could result in a serious collision.

When a car changes lanes in front of a motorcyclist is also a common cause of a motorcycle crash. When a car from another lane suddenly veers into the space a motorcyclist is traveling it, this could cauls a crash of the biker to swerve to avoid the collision. Even in an attempt to evade a crash, a motorcyclist could wipe out or crash into a different vehicle.

A rear-end collision is another common cause. No matter the reason for coming to a halt, a stop sign, traffic signal, a cross walk or debris in the road, if a driver behind a motorcycle fails to come to a stop, this could result in a fender-bender. A rear-end collision involving a motorcyclist frequently result in fatalities or severe injuries.

Finally, a motorist opening their door could cause a motorcycle crash. Whether a biker is passing by a parked car in a parking lot or in a residential area. If a motorist fails to ensure it is safe to open and exit a vehicle, this could result in a serious crash.

No matter the cause of a motorcycle collision, a motorcyclist is like to suffer serious injuries. This could require much medical attention and recovery. Thus, it is important to understand your rights to compensation through a personal injury claim and your ability to hold a negligent driver accountable.

Source: Rideapart.com, "10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How To Avoid Them," Wes Siler, Feb. 20, 2017

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