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Motorcycle Accidents – Three Deadly Causes
It’s no secret that motorcycles are dangerous. Motorcycle accidents don’t occur more than passenger vehicle accidents they are just more likely to cause severe or fatal injuries. Most motorcycle enthusiasts are keenly aware that danger on the road is imminent.
Maybe this is why the majority of motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcycle rider but of other drivers. Knowing what makes motorcycles dangerous can mitigate the risk of accidents and potentially save lives. With that in mind, here are the three most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
By far, the number one cause of motorcycle accidents is head-on collisions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that more than half of fatal motorcycle accidents in the U.S. occur due to a head-on collision of some kind. Visibility of the motorcycle is the main issue with head-on collisions. Passenger vehicle drivers should take care to watch for oncoming (single-light) motorcycles when passing other vehicles. Concomitantly, motorcycle drivers should do all they can to enhance their own reflectiveness and overall visibility.
Vehicle approaches a four-lane intersection to turn left, yields for traffic passing through the intersection, and then proceeds to turn left, not seeing the oncoming motorcycle driving straight through the intersection and bam! This scenario describes the second most common type of fatal motorcycle accident – left-hand turns.
Motorcyclists would do well to slow down and take extra precautions through intersections. Passenger vehicle drivers can avoid these types of accidents as well by taking one extra look to make sure a motorcycle rider in not proceeding through the intersection.
Unfortunately, the third most common motorcycle accident has nothing to do with other drivers. Single-vehicle motorcycle crashes are common when drivers ride under the influence of alcohol or some other controlled substance. Knowing your limits and choosing not to ride when you’ve had anything to drink is always the safest bet.
When Motorcycle Accidents Occur
We help motorcycle accident personal injury victims just like you seek compensation for injuries. We serve Washington, DC, and the states of Virginia and Maryland.
We strongly believe that our clients should not have to worry about money while we pursue your personal injury claim. That’s why it is important to us to offer a contingency fee for motorcycle accident cases that we take on. This means we partner with you so that you owe nothing unless we recover compensation for you.
Call us anytime at 703-370-8088. Your initial consultation is always free. You can also contact us by e-mail.