While it is a convenient way to travel, motorcycles can make even the most experienced of riders vulnerable on the road. Because there is no protection from the outside, even a small crash can have a devastating impact on motorcyclists.
In many cases, other drivers are either distracted or unaware of motorcyclists. Therefore, remaining defensive and diligent while riding a motorcycle is crucial to preventing accidents. Here are five preventable causes of motorcycle accidents that motorcyclists should know before they ride.
1. Driving Under the Influence
Did you know almost half of all motorcycle accidents involve impaired drivers? Driving under the influence is never recommended. This goes for driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle, and in either situation, operating a motor vehicle while impaired can lead to life-threatening outcomes. Drunk drivers may make reckless turns fail to see other motorists, or drive on the wrong side of the road. Additionally, impaired motorcycle riders could run into another vehicle or, conversely, be hit by drivers under the influence.
2. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is extremely risky while operating a motor vehicle, especially a motorcycle. Even the slightest distraction like using a cell phone, listening to loud music, or talking to a passenger can cause crashes and injuries. If a motorcycle is in another vehicle's blind spot, the driver may be too distracted to realize, and an accident could occur.
3. Lane Changes
While operating a motorcycle, riders are usually right beside other motor vehicles. It's easy for motorcyclists to end up in driver's blind spots. If the driver doesn't thoroughly check their blind spot, they may change lanes and end up hitting the motorcycle. A good rule of thumb for motorcyclists is to make sure they are not in a vehicle's blind spot.
4. Left Turns
A common cause for motorcycle accidents is when a vehicle makes a left turn. Because motorcycle riders have a thin profile, drivers may not see the rider approaching or fail to yield to traffic. Believing they are clear, the driver may then make their left turn and crash into an oncoming motorcycle.
5. Rear-End Collisions
Rear-end accidents involving motorcycles can be deadly. Since the motorcyclist has no protection, being hit from behind can cause life-threatening injuries. Rear-end collisions with motorcycles are common when drivers fail to see road signs or signals. Motorcyclists must be aware of this while they are driving. If they are rear-ended, they should contact a motorcycle accident attorney immediately. In almost all rear-end accidents involving motorcycles, the driver is at fault.
Guiding You Through the Aftermath of Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it's imperative that you contact a Tampa personal injury attorney. At Four Rivers Law Firm, we help motorcyclists review their cases and make sure they get the justice they deserve. It's important to hold negligent drivers accountable for their reckless behavior. Our team will do everything we can to make sure motorcycle accident victims receive the financial compensation they need for medical bills and their pain and suffering.
Contact our Tampa motorcycle accident lawyers today at (813) 331-5056 for a free consultation.