3 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
In 2013, the NHTSA reported 8.4 million motorcyclists on the road and 4,668 motorcycle accident fatalities, and while the winter decreases the amount of motorcyclists in states where it snows, winter in Arizona is peak motorcycle riding time in Phoenix. This means that all drivers – car, truck, and otherwise– will see more motorcyclists on the road and will need to be more cautious as a result. That’s why the Phoenix injury lawyers at Knapp & Roberts believes it’s important for all drivers to know the 3 most common causes of a motorcycle accident, as this could help reduce the likelihood of a collision with or on a motorcycle.
- Blind Spots. A large majority of accidents are the result of drivers simply not seeing the motorcycle rider. This can be very scary for motorcyclists. Especially when the resolution for this can be very simple: do not change lanes until you’ve properly checked your blind spots. Also, make sure your mirrors are adjusted so you can frequently keep an eye on your surroundings. If you see a motorcyclists around you at any point, you’ll know to use extra precaution if and when you need to switch lanes.
- Speed. Excessive speed in any vehicle increases the likelihood of accident and serious injury. This is especially true for motorcyclists. Motorcycles come with the freedom to flow in and out of traffic and are made to easily accelerate. Because of this, motorcycle riders are at a higher risk of losing control – especially newer riders who are not yet aware of the limitations their motorcycle has.
- Dangerous maneuvers. One of the most common causes of a motorcycle accident is when a motorcyclist takes a corner and miscalculates the angle and size of the turn. This is often seen when mixed with speed. Riders may hit the brakes when this is happening and it could cause the bike to slide. This is also why it’s important that bikers wear safety gear at all times – a helmet, leather jacket, and pants.
It is a common misconception that motorcycle accidents are only caused by reckless driving on behalf of the motorcyclists. But this is not always the case. Many accidents are often the fault of other drivers, and are out of the motorcyclist’s control. Drivers: please beware of your surroundings. It could not only save your life, but those around you, as well.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or any other motor vehicle accident, a Phoenix car accident lawyer at Knapp & Roberts can help. Give the firm a call at 480-991-7677 or fill out a free case evaluation form today.
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