Across Massachusetts and Rhode Island motorcyclists are dusting off, tuning up and getting ready to hit the open road. Whether heading out for a road trip on I-95 or keeping it local with an afternoon ride on Route 44 or historic Route 6 out on Cape Cod or down through Providence, be sure to ride safely and stay aware. Motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles account for more than half of motorcycle accident deaths throughout Southern New England, and we’ve seen more each year due to factors like distracted driving and drunk/drugged drivers.
Common Types of Motorcycle Collision Accidents
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.
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 or onto a street. Head-on collisions between a car and motorcycle are common and often fatal to the motorcyclist.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns – A common and dangerous cause of motorcycle accidents occurs when the car is making a left-hand turn at an intersection or onto a street. These account for more than a third of all collisions involving a motorcycle and car. A vehicle that hits another vehicle while making a left-hand turn will likely be found at fault for the accident.
Blind Spot Accidents – The “blind spot” of the vehicle common cause of highway motorcycle accidents This is an area between the rear-view and side mirrors where the driver cannot see. Most vehicles including small cars and commercial trucks have a “blind spot”. The smaller profile of the motorcycle can be lost from view easier than a car.
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 or Rhode Island, 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 – 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.