Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Most motorcycle accidents are caused by another driver.  Therefore, even skilled motorcyclist face major risks.

Common factors that lead to motorcycle accidents include:

  • Reduced motorcycle visibility.  Due to the smaller size of motorcycles and mopeds, they can fit completely within a vehicle’s blind spot.  This makes motorcyclists susceptible of being hit when motor vehicles change lanes.  Additionally, many motor vehicles pull out into motorcycles from side streets and parking lots, or in front of them without ever seeing the motorcycle. 
  • Road Defects.  Motorcyclist are more vulnerable to poorly maintained rail roads and road defects.  Road defects include, but are not limited to, uneven lanes, potholes, pooling water, and gravel.  Because the government has a continuing duty to maintain the roads in a safe condition, the government may be liable for crashes that result from its failure to do so. 
  • Motorcycle defects.  Certain mechanical and equipment defects may increase the likelihood of a motorcycle accident.  For example, some bikes produce substantial vibrations which can loosen screws and cause unforeseen wrecks.  In such cases, several entities may face liability for the wreck such as, the motorcycle retailer, parts distributors, and the motorcycle manufacturer. 
  • Impaired or distracted drivers.  Motor vehicle drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a motor vehicle increase the chances of causing an accident.  Similarly, distracted drivers who do not fully concentrate on maintaining a proper lookout increase the chances of causing a crash. 
  • Failure to respect a motorcycle’s right-of-way.  Regardless of the underlying reasons, larger vehicles sometimes do not respect the right-of-way of motorcycles and cause collisions that could be avoided. 
  • Failure to check blind-spots.  One of the most common reasons for motorcycle wrecks is the failure of motor vehicle operators to check their blind spots.  Whether cars change lanes and hit motorcyclists or simply pull out in front of a motorcyclists, the consequences are often severe.

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At Tien Law Firm, we will protect your interests.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle or moped accident, contact our motorcycle accident lawyer in Raleigh at (919) 714-9779 to discuss your legal options.