Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle Injury Lawyer Serving Las Vegas
What factors are responsible for causing motorcycle accidents? Can they
be attributed to motorcyclist behavior, negligence on the part of other
motorists, or external factors? Here, we will provide an analysis of some
of the leading causes of motorcycle collisions in the U.S. This can help
you get a better idea of how and why these accidents occur and what you
can do to avoid them. In addition to reviewing the content below, please
do not hesitate to call our offices to discuss your case with a legal
professional at Shook & Stone.
Our firm has been serving clients throughout Las Vegas, Nevada and the
surrounding areas since 1997. Though our years of experience, we have
developed winning strategies through client-focused representation, to
help the injured seek justice. With a
Las Vegas motorcycle accident lawyer from our firm to handle your
insurance claim or lawsuit, you have the chance to recover maximum compensation for your
injuries. We can help you identify at-fault parties to seek the monetary
damages you need.
What causes motorcycle accidents?
Every motorcycle accident is unique, and its cause may vary from a form
of negligence like texting while driving to an external factor outside
of a rider's control, like a deer or other animal that runs out into
the road. Some accidents have a number of causes, a combination of factors
that all lead to a serious collision. Part of our responsibility as motorcycle
accident attorneys is to determine the cause of a collision. This helps
us identify what party or parties should be held legally accountable so
we can seek compensation for our clients.
The following are some of the potential causes of motorcycle accidents:
Driver error. Motorists have a duty to obey traffic laws and to drive in a safe and
reasonable manner, and this includes being aware of motorcyclists. Motorcycle
riders are at particular risk of driver error because of the smaller size
of a motorcycle as compared to a passenger car, light truck or other vehicle.
Motorcyclist inexperience or error. In some cases, motorcycle accidents can be traced back to inexperience
or errors on the part of a motorcyclist. Even when this occurs, however,
the rider should be entitled to compensation through his or her own insurance policy.
Negligence. Defined as an act or inaction that constitutes a failure to exercise
reasonable care, driver negligence can have disastrous results. Motorcyclists
may pay the ultimate price if drivers violate traffic laws or are otherwise careless.
Speeding. Driving above the posted speed limit or too fast for current conditions
can increase the chances of a motorcycle accident. When these accidents
occur at high speeds, they also have the potential to cause more serious injuries.
Drunk driving. Alcohol impairs judgment and driving abilities. It may impact vision,
response time and manual skills. About one-third of all traffic fatalities
in the U.S. involve a driver with a blood alcohol level that is higher
than the legal limit to drive.
Distracted driving. Driving a motorcycle or any motor vehicle requires one's full attention.
If a driver is distracted – talking on the phone, conversing with
a passenger, eating, drinking, etc. – this can result in an accident.
Heavy weather. Weather, including fog, rain, snow and wind, can have more of an impact
on motorcyclists. Riding is definitely not recommended in some weather
conditions, and in others it is essential to decrease speed and adjust
one's driving accordingly.
Hazardous roads. Debris, potholes and other roadway hazards are often more dangerous for
motorcycles and their riders than for passenger cars and other vehicles.
A motorcyclist may lose control after striking an unforeseen hazard, resulting
in a crash.
Defective motorcycle parts or auto parts. Some motorcycle accidents can be traced back to defective motorcycle
or auto parts. If a part (tire, headlight, braking system, etc.) was poorly
designed or has a manufacturing defect, even the most responsible and
experienced rider may be involved in a collision.
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