Motorcycle accidents involving other vehicles account for more than half of motorcycle accident deaths across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The past several years have seen an increase in these accidents due to factors like distracted driving and drunk/drugged drivers. Areas of merging and lane-changing like Interstate-195 through Fall River and Providence, or in shopping areas like Route-114A in Seekonk are filled with multitasking distracted drivers which can be hazardous to bikers.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Due to the unprotected environment, a motorcycle rider is far more likely to result in serious catastrophic injury or wrongful death. There’s no such thing as a fender-bender for a motorcyclist. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Cars Making Left-Hand Turns – This dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when a car is making a left-hand turn at an intersection or onto a street. The driver of the car is likely trying to time things with the vehicles on both sides of the street and fails to see the smaller profile of the motorcycle. These collisions account for more than a third of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car.
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 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.
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 – Motorcycles face higher dangers from road hazards than do cars and other vehicles. Things like potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities or unexpected objects in the road can pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles. Many motorcycle accidents are caused when a biker needs to quickly avoid a road hazard and loses balance or collides with another vehicle.
Look Twice, Save a Life
As operators of a motor vehicles we all have a responsibility to help ensure the safety of those with whom we share the highways, rural roads, and city streets. During these warmer seasons the roads are filled with bikers, so we need to avoid distracted driving and ALWAYS look at least twice before changing lanes or making a turn. It could save a life.
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 a distracted 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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