What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Motorcycles are fun to ride. But just like automobiles, accidents can occur – even if you followed all the safety precautions. And despite public opinion, many motorcycle accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist at all. Rather, drivers of other vehicles who do not respect motorcyclists’ rights cause many motorcycle crashes. Accidents frequently occur due to:
- Visibility of motorcycles. Motorcycles often get lost or ignored because they are more difficult to see, especially in blind spots.
- Braking times and distances are different for motorcycles. A motorcyclist and his/her passenger are at increased risk of injury from cars or trucks who are following too closely and unable to stop in time.
- The weather. Wind, rain, and storms make roads slippery and more dangerous for motorcycles.
There are other factors that can cause motorcycle accidents, such as defective equipment or hazardous road conditions. For example, if a pothole causes an accident, it is possible the entity responsible for maintenance and repair of the road could be liable for the injuries resulting from the accident.
The catastrophic injuries from motorcycle accidents can include broken bones, road scrapes and burns, facial injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain and head injuries and even fatalities. The costs, both financial and emotional, of such injuries can be enormous and can last a lifetime. You and your loved ones will need financial and emotional help.