When the weather is warm, more motorcycle riders are out and about, enjoying one of their favorite pastimes. However, motorcycle accidents are more likely to occur when there are more vehicles on the road, and it’s important to be aware of what causes motorcycle crashes and what you can do if you or a loved one are hurt in such an accident.
Taking Corners Too Fast
A major cause of motorcycle collisions is when an motorcyclist takes a corner too fast and ends up skidding and laying the bike down. While this may sound like the motorcyclist’s fault, it’s important to determine whether there were adequate warning signs posted ahead of the curve that designated a safe speed.
Another Vehicle Drifts Into Your Lane
Whether the vehicle is drifting into your lane because the driver isn’t paying attention, or the driver doesn’t see you and changes lanes, this can cause a serious collision when a vehicle runs a motorcyclist off the road and onto the shoulder. This can be a particularly catastrophic crash if there is a guardrail, trees, or a steep decline near the shoulder of the road.
A Driver Opens His or Her Door In Front of Your Bike
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents is when a driver in a stationary vehicle opens their door in front of your motorcycle while you are driving. This is more likely to occur when a motorcyclist attempts to weave through standstill traffic, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the motorcyclist is to blame. A careful investigation of all the facts may prove that the driver of the motor vehicle was careless or negligent in his or her actions.
Inclement Weather Conditions
It may sound like a no-brainer not to ride a motorcycle in the rain, snow, or ice, but people may still do so. Motorcycles are far less equipped to handle inclement weather conditions and slick roads than traditional motor vehicles, and inclement weather is responsible for a great number of motorcycle accidents. You can avoid this type of accident by leaving your bike in the garage when bad weather strikes and taking the car instead.
Were You or a Loved One Hurt in a Motorcycle Crash?
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation if someone else’s negligence or carelessness contributed to or caused the collision. Let our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys review your case today. Call now at (219) 942-7171.