While no more common than other types of vehicle accidents, motorcycle
accidents have a much higher chance of resulting in serious injuries for
the motorcyclist. It may therefore benefit riders to understand the common
causes of such accidents that they may be avoided.
The majority of fatal motorcycle accidents are caused by head-on collisions
with other automobiles.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
Cars turning left are exceptionally dangerous for motorcyclists. Though
these accidents are common between two cars, the smaller size of a motorcycle
means it is less visible to turning cars. Typically the car attempting
to make the left turn is at fault for such accidents unless the motorcyclist
was speeding or in the wrong lane.
Motorcycle Lane Splitting
This occurs when a motorcycle drives in between lanes of stopped traffic
or slowly moving vehicles which can result in an accident if the motorcycle
careens into a car. Lane splitting is prohibited by Massachusetts law
so any injuries to the motorcyclist would be their responsibility.
Motorcyclist Speeding & Alcohol Use
Roughly half of motorcycle accidents are somehow tied to speeding or alcohol
use. Again, due to the limited protection afforded by the average motorcycle,
such accidents can be especially serious.
Motorcycle Collisions with Fixed Objects
A quarter of motorcyclist deaths are from striking a fixed object such
as a tree or light pole.
The smaller size and reduced stability of a motorcycle makes hazards such
as potholes, dead animals, slick pavement, uneven heights between lanes,
and other irregularities more dangerous.
Being aware of such threats to motorcyclists can go a long way in reducing
the number of motorcyclist injuries and fatalities. For those injured
in motorcycles accidents, the Law Office of Steven R. Whitman is ready
to put together a claim for bodily injury and financial damages.