Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include left hand turns, lane splitting, and when drivers are impaired by drugs or alcohol. It’s no secret among bikers that they face a much higher risk of severe harm when they are involved in an accident. In fact, for every mile traveled in 2006, there were 35 times more fatal accidents involving bikes than other vehicles. So, bikers have to be careful out there, and when they are hurt by another driver’s recklessness, they have a right to compensation.
What Are The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
A motorcycle injury lawyer can help a biker hurt in nearly any circumstance, assuming they didn’t cause the accident. However, most accidents are caused by similar scenarios, and some of them include:
- A car makes a dangerous left hand turn. Left hand turns cause more accidents with bikers than any other circumstance, representing more than 40 percent of all crashes between bikers and other drivers. In most cases, the accident occurs when the biker is traveling straight through an intersection or attempting to pass the car. The high rate of left hand turn accidents is likely due to the bike’s smaller size and maneuverability.
- A biker is hit while splitting lanes. Lane splitting is a controversial maneuver among bikers, and involves the biker traveling between stopped or slowly moving cars. The extremely close proximity to the cars and the fact that drivers do not expect lane splitting often cause a dangerous situation for the biker.
- A driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Though alcohol use is common among all vehicle accidents, they are particularly deadly for bikers, as the lack of protection afforded to bikers means they are much more vulnerable to the devastating injuries that may occur. Impaired drivers may not attempt to reduce their speed or avoid the biker before hitting them, striking them with incredible force.
WHO IS LIABLE WHEN A BIKER IS INVOLVED IN A CRASH?
Although a biker will almost always receive the brunt of the impact, this doesn’t mean that the driver in the car is always considered liable. In nearly all cases, a motorist that hits another driver during a left hand turn will be found liable, as well as any driver that hits another person from behind.
However, when no fault-liability is not in play, the circumstances leading to the accident will be important. If, for example, the biker was hit while lane splitting, they may not receive much compensation, as lane splitting is not legal in Texas. Also, even if a biker is hurt by another driver, they may also receive only modest compensation if they were not wearing a helmet, and sustained medical complications related to head trauma.