Motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles account for more than half of motorcycle accident deaths in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and we’ve seen more each year due to factors like distracted driving and drunk/drugged drivers. Due to the unprotected environment, a motorcycle rider is far more likely to result in serious injury or death. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycles in Head-On Collisions
In the vast majority of motorcycle accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front. These accidents often happen when a distracted driver fails to see the smaller profile of the biker making a left turn at an intersection of onto a street. Head-on collisions between a car and motorcycle are all too common and often fatal to the motorcyclist.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
Another common and dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when the car is making a left-hand turn at an intersection or onto a street. These collisions account for more than a third of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. Almost always, a vehicle that hits another vehicle while making a left-hand turn will be found at fault for the accident.
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
Motorcycles face higher dangers from road hazards than do cars and other vehicles. 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. Many motorcycle accidents are caused when a biker needs to quickly avoid a road hazard and collides with another vehicle.
Contact An Experienced Massachusetts & Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been the victim of any type of a motorcycle accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact us to speak one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll help you to get the settlement that you deserve to help you and your family to move on after your accident.
*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.
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