When the weather gets warmers, motorcyclists hop on their bikes for an exciting ride. However, tragedy can strike at any moment and what was meant to be a great ride can end in a serious accident. Here are the top causes of motorcycle accidents and how you can take action if you or a loved one were hurt in a motorcycle crash.
Speeding is a major cause of all motor vehicle accidents. Because motorcycle accidents can be serious or even fatal in many cases, speeding is even riskier for motorcyclists.
Avoid crashes caused by speeding by maintaining a safe speed on the bike at all times and giving anyone else on the road who is speeding a wide berth.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Often, drivers fail to pay attention to the road and may not notice motorcycle riders. Or, they may simply believe that they don’t have to afford motorcycle riders the same right of way as another vehicle. When a driver makes an unsafe lane change without being fully aware of their surroundings, they risk a collision. Depending on the circumstances, an unsafe lane change may only result in a motorcyclist being pushed to the shoulder of the road, or it could result in a fatal crash.
Avoid crashes when possible by being aware of your surroundings before you make a lane change. If you see a driver weaving in and out of traffic, stay behind them.
Driving under the influence of alcohol increases the risk of accidents no matter what vehicle you may be driving. Drunk driving is responsible for a significant number of motorcycle crashes every year, and even more car accidents.
Avoid accidents caused by drinking and driving by always driving sober. Ask for a ride if you think you may not be legal to drive, and avoid riding with anyone who you know has been drinking.
When a driver follows a motorcycle too closely and the motorcyclist must make a sudden stop, the car may not be able to brake in time. This can cause a serious accident, especially when driving at high speeds.
Avoid a collision by giving plenty of space in between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you. If you notice someone behind you following too closely, allow them to pass.
When to Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, don’t wait to get legal help. Contact Zink & Lenzi Injury Lawyers today to learn about your options by calling (530) 895-1324.