As more and more people begin to use motorcycles, motorcycle accidents involving serious injuries, fatalities, and costly property damage also increases substantially. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that thousands of motorcycle accidents occur each year.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are a number of risks faced by motorcyclists on the road. One of the most common types of accidents involving motorcycles is collisions with motor vehicle operators, which often occur because motor vehicle drivers are distracted. Other motorcycle accidents occur because motor vehicle drivers fail to properly assess a motorcyclist's speed or proximity.
- Conditions on the road including crumbling pavement, spills, and potholes greatly increase the chance that a motorcyclist will lose control of the vehicle and end up in an accident.
- It is possible that the motorcycle contains a defect, making it unsafe to operate. In the case of defects, accident victims often pursue compensation against the parts distributor or manufacturer.
- Drivers who operate their vehicles while distracted by cell phones, changing the GPS, etc. are frequently a cause of motorcycle accidents.
- These serious offenses occur when a driver causes an accident because he/she was operating a motor vehicle or motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In California, this type of behavior can lead to both .
- Drivers who irresponsibly operate vehicles are often found guilty of either driving recklessly or switching lanes without providing a proper indication. While these accidents are often entirely capable of being avoided, they can result in serious injuries and deaths.
- One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents in the country is speeding. Because drivers do not have adequate time to slow down, they are often unable to react to obstacles in the roadway that arise suddenly.
These accidents can leave motorcyclists facing serious injuries, particularly when riders do not utilize any protective gear or helmets. Some of the most common injuries include those affecting the legs, feet, head, and neck.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in a motorcycle accident, contact our office at (818) 740-2122for a free consultation.