What Is the Number One Cause of Motorcycle Accidents?

One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents is left turns made by other drivers. The reason may be because when motor vehicle drivers turn left, they have a hard time seeing motorcycles in their blind spots or on their side. While car drivers should be aware of motorcycles and pay attention to their surroundings at all times on the road, this is not always the case. Still, motorcycle drivers are vulnerable while on the road, as they do not have the same protection as drivers in cars, trucks, and other vehicles. Regardless of the cause of the motorcycle accident, the accident can result in injuries for the motorcyclist and may even be fatal.

Other Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists have to practice defensive driving to safeguard against accidents. When they do not, they may increase their chances of getting into an accident. Drivers of cars and other vehicles on the road should share the roadway and watch out for motorcycles on the road, yet they can fall short of this responsibility. In addition to the number one cause of motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), other common causes of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. include:
  • Failure to yield or stop at intersections
  • Other drivers turning into the driving path of the motorcyclist
  • Slippery surfaces, such as rain on the roadway
  • Unexpected obstacles on the roadway
  • Drunk driving

Motorcycle Accidents Often Have Devastating Results

Overall, the number of people killed in motorcycle accidents in the U.S. has slowly decreased, with a 5% decrease from 2017 to 2018, according to the NHTSA. Still, nearly 5,000 people were killed in motorcycle accidents nationwide in 2018. Some fatal accidents for motorcyclists involved the use of alcohol, lack of proper safety gear (helmet), or both of these factors. Yet motorcycle crashes often involve another motor vehicle, which is one reason why they can result in motorcyclists suffering serious injuries or death. If you have experienced serious injuries from a motorcycle accident caused by someone else or lost a loved one this way, you may have the option of filing a claim or a lawsuit to seek compensation to recoup damages.

Legal Options for Motorcycle Accident Victims

A motorcycle accident can lead to serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, head or chest injuries, permanent disability, amputation, and more. These injuries could make it difficult for you to return to your normal life and may keep you from working either at your normal pace or in the future at all. A personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit is a way for you to recover from the financial impact of the accident.

Pursuing Awards in a Personal Injury Case

Because motorcycle accidents can have long-term consequences, filing a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the liable party can help you obtain much-needed compensation during this difficult time. These accident claims or lawsuits allow you to pursue damages or expenses you incurred as a result of your injuries. Some examples of common damages for personal injury due to a motorcycle accident include medical costs, pay for time missed at work, permanent disability pay, pain and suffering, and more. These claims depend on your ability to demonstrate that the other driver caused the accident due to negligence or that they did not take reasonable care while on the road. A motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you prove negligence in your personal injury case and can assist you in gathering the necessary details to support your claim.

Wrongful Death Claims for Loved Ones Lost

The loss of a loved one due to a motorcycle accident, no matter the cause, can be tragic. For some, this loss can mean the loss of a beloved family member, the agony of dealing with that loss, as well as lost income and livelihood. Wrongful death is defined as the loss of someone due to the wrongful act of another — whether caused intentionally or by accident, per the Legal Information Institute (LII). A wrongful death claim allows close family members to bring a claim or lawsuit against a liable party to seek compensation for the unexpected loss.

Contact Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow for Your Motorcycle Accident Case

Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to help you with your motorcycle accident case. We can review the cause of the accident, or that of a loved one, and discuss your legal rights. Call our office today at (410) 777-8960 for a free consultation.