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.
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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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