Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer

Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer

Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents | Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal Injury Lawyer | While motorcycles are fun to ride and very economical, personal injury lawyers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that they are much riskier to operate than cars and trucks are. In 2012, approximately 93,000 motorcyclists were injured and nearly 5,000 were killed on U.S. roads, an increase of 7 percent over the previous year.

If you are involved in an accident, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help you receive compensation for your damages, but the best case scenario is to prevent accidents rather than recover from them. The first step in motorcycle safety and avoiding a meeting with a personal injury lawyer is to understand the top reasons for accidents.

Not Paying Attention or Not Being Seen at Intersections

Intersections, whether controlled or uncontrolled, are the most dangerous part of any road for motorcyclists. In some cases, this is because the motorcyclist is not paying attention to the road and surrounding traffic, but most of the time, accidents occur because the motorcycle is not seen by other drivers. In fact, 42 percent of all motorcycle collisions occur when cars are making left-hand turns. When on a motorcycle, always approach lights and stop signs with caution, and do everything possible to ensure you are easy to spot while on the road.

Ignoring Weather and Road Conditions

Motorcycles are not the most stable vehicles to drive. It does not take much interference to lose control. Small objects, cracks or loose gravel in the road is sometimes all that stands between a safe excursion and a fatal accident. In addition, most personal injury lawyers experienced with motorcycle injuries ask bikers to avoid riding during inclement weather. If you are already on the road, pull off to the side or seek shelter under an overpass until the weather eases or clears.

Splitting Lanes

Splitting lanes is the act of driving between two cars in adjacent lanes. This brings the motorcycle into close proximity of two moving vehicles, reducing the safety cushion to practically nil. Splitting lanes is also dangerous because other drivers are not anticipating this maneuver and may not see the motorcyclist.

Sometimes, accidents happen even when riders take every available precaution. A personal injury lawyer at Young Wooldridge, LLP can inform you of legal options you may not know you have. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Personal Injury lawyers at Young Wooldridge, LLP for a free initial consultation. 

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Allison Stokes
Allison Stokes | Allison serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Director for Young Wooldridge, LLP. She has over eight years of marketing and management experience in the Kern County and Central Coast communities. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Allison attended Garces Memorial High School and earned her degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a concentration in Marketing Management. While at Cal Poly, Allison was an active member of Alpha Chi Omega, where she served as Assistant VP of Recruitment and later as a Recruitment Advisor for the school’s Panhellenic Council.

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