In New Bedford, Fall River and Providence motorcycle accidents occur every day. Statistics show that motorcycle crashes involving other vehicles account for more than half of motorcycle accident deaths each year. It pays for bikers and drivers to learn about the most frequent causes of accidents and then use this awareness to reduce their level of risk.
Motorcycles in Head-On Collisions
The majority of motorcycle accidents are head-on collisions. Habits like aggressive driving and distracted driving lead to scenarios where drivers are not focusing on the motorcycle until it’s too late. Head-on collisions between a car and motorcycle cause serious catastrophic injury and are often fatal to the motorcyclist.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
The single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. Usually, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is:
- going straight through an intersection
- passing the car, or,
- trying to overtake the car.
These types of accidents are common between two cars as well, but the motorcycle’s smaller size makes it even less visible to the turning vehicle. Motorcycles that pass cars within the same lane are even more vulnerable –cars don’t expect, and are often surprised by, such motorcycle maneuvers.
Motorcycle Lane Splitting
Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, usually in traffic jams. This is not legal in Massachusetts, but that doesn’t stop some motorcyclists from breaking the law. Lane splitting is a common cause of motorcycle accidents due to several factors:
- the close proximity of the cars to the motorcycle
- the reduced space the motorcycle has to maneuver, and
- the fact that the cars don’t anticipate that any vehicle or motorcycle will be passing them in slowed or stopped traffic.
Road Hazards Facing Motorcyclists
Due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle, potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities or unexpected objects in the road pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles. Take this into consideration when driving near or behind a bike. They may nee to react to things that a car driver would never notice.
Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of a distracted driver please contact The Law Office of Dussault & Zatir to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the compensation that you deserve.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.