Riding a motorcycle is quite the unique feeling but it does require a special license and skill. It is a liberating and exhilarating feeling riding the open road, but it’s that same feeling that can put you in harm’s way and you can sustain serious injuries. Chances of getting into a motorcycle accident are not only determined by your behavior on the road, but also by the behavior of other drivers around you. Both the motorcyclists and car drivers need to keep in mind that they have to share the road.
Motorcycle accident can happen very fast, in a split of a second, which rarely gives you enough time to react and potentially avoid it. And how matter how big your motorcycle is, it is no match for a car, SUV or truck. And when a vehicle driver fails to practice caution and responsible driving, the end result of a motorcycle accident can be serious injuries or even death. So in case you do get into a motorcycle crash, you will need help from an experienced personal injury lawyer to file a civil action.
Driver mistakes that cause motorcycle accidents
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) there are four main types of errors / mistakes that drivers make which contribute to motorcycle accidents.
Braking – In order to slow down, the motorcyclist needs to downshift or roll off the throttle. Since most motorcycles don’t have a break light, the motorcyclist often miscalculate the stopping distance for both themselves and other vehicles in traffic.
Blind spots – The estimate is that nearly 50% of the space around a vehicle consists of blind spots which makes can make motorcyclist invisible for vehicle drivers. However, by properly adjusting the side mirrors can reduce the blind spots and prevent accidents
Hard to see – Motorcycles have a really narrow profile, compared to vehicles, and sometimes drivers are having a hard time seeing them. Vehicle drivers should practice extra caution and watch out for motorcyclists in different road settings, behind object and in poor weather.
Intersections – 42% of all motorcycle accidents happen on intersections. Many motorcyclists fail to yield the right-of-way to another motorcyclist who is driving straight through an intersection. This type of behavior is both dangerous and deadly.
By simply following the rules of the road, many vehicle owners can avoid hitting a motorcyclist. Even more so, vehicle drivers should refrain from negligent behavior while driving.
Dangerous driving behavior that can cause motorcycle accidents
In order to guarantee everyone’s safety in traffic, vehicle drivers should driver responsibly. In case the vehicle driver that hit a motorcyclists engaged in some of the following negligent behavior, he/she could be held liable:
- Driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol
- Aggressive driving such as speeding, tailgating other drivers etc.
- Distracted driving, whether it’s visual, manual or cognitive
- Drowsy driving which can impair one’s judgement and prompt reaction time
In the event that the driver at fault cannot be charged under criminal proceedings, you are still able to file a civil action for the damages and injuries you sustained. For this, you will need an experienced personal injury lawyer who can properly assess your damages and help you navigate the entire process of filing a civil action. So if you were in a motorcycle accident, contact us today and let us help you get the compensation you are entitled to.