I’m personal injury attorney, Mike Lombardi. Today, I’d like to talk about the common causes of motorcycle accidents. The life you save might be your own. Unfortunately, there are very few motorcycle accidents that are minor, especially when cars are involved.
In fact, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision than other passengers in a motor vehicle that hit them. Plus, they are five times more likely to sustain some level of injury. Understanding what commonly causes motorcycle accidents could help save your life or protect you from serious injury.
Drivers fail to see the motorcyclist
One common cause of motorcycle accidents is that other drivers fail to see the motorcyclist. When driving, you expect to see cars and trucks, not the infrequent motorcycle.
A driver making a left hand turn in front of a motorcyclist at an intersection ranks number one in causes of motorcycle accidents. It normally happens when the motorcycle is going straight through the intersection or is passing a car. The driver just doesn’t see the bike.
A biker gets doored by a car
Some motorcycle accidents occur when a biker gets doored by a car. That’s when a driver opens the door of their parked car right in the path of an oncoming motorcycle because he doesn’t see the bike coming.
Distracted driving is another common cause of motorcycle accidents. If a driver is distracted, talking on his phone, fiddling with the radio or the GPS, talking to his passengers, or eating, he is not giving his full attention to the road.
He is likely not to check his blind spot for an unsuspected motorcyclist when changing lanes. He might also misjudge the speed of the biker in front of him, if he has to suddenly stop.
Motorcyclists need a sixth sense
Motorcyclists have to develop a sixth sense to keep themselves safe on the road. They have to learn to anticipate what drivers might do. They need to watch the wheels of the car nearby, stay out of a car’s blindspots and drive responsibly. Even being an experienced biker may not keep you from being involved in a motorcycle accident.
If you have been injured
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys. Let’s set up a time to discuss your case and answer any questions you may have. We want to hear from you and help you in any way that we can.
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