I’m personal injury attorney Mike Lombardi. The majority of motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions. They are also the most dangerous. Approximately 80% of all motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions with a passenger car. Sadly, many of them are fatal for the motorcyclists.
Most Dangerous Accidents
Most motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions. We regard these as the most dangerous of all kinds of motorcycle wrecks. A rider on a bike is always vulnerable when confronted by a car because the vehicle weighs so much more, and because the cyclist is relatively unprotected, except for whatever motorcycles safety gear he might be wearing. Head-on collisions usually happen because a vehicle is coming in the opposite direction and crosses the centerline of the roadway or when a car is driving the wrong direction on a street. They can also occur when a motorcyclist is crossing an intersection while a car makes a left-hand turn in front of him. Such accidents also occur in construction zones, on two-lane rural roads and on highway ramps.
Why Head On Collisions Happen
There are several reasons why these types of motorcycle accidents are so common:
1. Drivers become distracted in via into an oncoming lane
2. Impaired drivers on drugs or alcohol drift into a lane or drive down a one-way street or highway ramp in the wrong direction
3. A sleepy driver nods off and drives into oncoming traffic
4. A driver who is speeding loses control of his vehicle and swerves into an oncoming rider or a driver passing a slower vehicle on a county road hits a motorcyclist head-on because he didn’t see him coming.
There are other reasons, as well, but all of them usually end up badly. Either the motorcyclist is killed or is he is severely injured.
Avoiding A Head On Collisions
How can a motorcyclist avoid a head-on collision?
1. He should always scan the road ahead to see what may be coming.
2. He should drive on the right side of the road or in the far right lane especially on a rural two-lane road or around a curve.
3. He should obey the speed limit and if he sees a cost worthy or not paying attention he should slow down.
4. Finally, if there is no other choice the rider should reduce and drive onto the shoulder or grass to the right side of the road.
As a motorcyclist, your life and that of your passenger are in your hands. Pay careful attention to the road at all times. If you do, you can avoid almost all head-on collisions. Unfortunately, accidents do happen even if you do everything right. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardy Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case. We want to help you in any way we can.