Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Nearly anything can cause a serious traffic accident, whether the issue
involves human error, mechanical failures, dangerous roads, or any other
factor. Learning about how motorcycle accidents are commonly caused can
be extremely helpful if you were recently injured in a crash, and it might
also help you to avoid a dangerous collision in the future.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Left-turn collisions: According to the
NHTSA, failed left turns cause 42% percent of all accidents involving motorcycles
and other passenger vehicles. These types of collisions are extremely
common and can cause the motorcyclist to lose control, resulting in a
Speeding: Travelling at unsafe speeds increases the risk of a serious accident,
especially for motorcyclists who lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle.
Motorcycles are generally more susceptible to road hazards and debris
because of their precarious balance, which is why riders must be cautious
and should always be attentive to potential road dangers.
Drunk Driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can make drivers unaware
of their surroundings, including others on the road. Because motorcycles
are smaller and harder to spot, they can be especially susceptible to
careless drunk drivers.
Distracted driving: Distracted driving leads to thousands of deaths each year, and according
to the NHTSA, it led to 3,166 reported deaths in 2017 alone. If a passenger
vehicle driver is distracted, they could crash into a motorcyclist, drift
into another lane, or cause another type of crash.
Roadway hazards and debris: Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to debris, uneven pavement, potholes,
or loose objects on the road. Driving into or over hazards such as these
can cause motorcycles to lose their balance, resulting in a potentially
Who is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of the motorcycle accident, there are several
different parties who could be liable. If the crash was caused by another
driver’s mistake, they, or their insurance company, could be responsible
for the damage you suffered. Or, if the incident was the result of a
mechanical error, defect, or malfunction, the manufacturer would likely be deemed liable for the crash.
For example, the motorcycle’s brakes might fail due to a
design defect, or the tire might blow because it was installed incorrectly. If something
like this occurs, causing your crash, the party responsible for the flaw
could be held liable for the harm you suffered in the resulting crash.
On the other hand, if your crash was caused by
debris or a roadway hazard, the party that caused the hazard would likely be responsible for the
motorcycle crash. For example, construction crews might fail to pick up
all roadside debris, or semi-trucks might load their cargo incorrectly,
leading to a roadway spill.
In any case, if you choose to work with our Houston motorcycle accident
attorneys after an accident, we can gather evidence on your behalf to
determine what caused your crash and discover who may be liable for the
damage you suffered.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
Because motorcyclists are more likely to suffer major injuries in collisions
with passenger vehicles, it is extremely important for riders to drive safely.
To avoid a potential motorcycle crash, try following these safety tips:
- Wear a helmet and other protective gear while riding.
- Always ride defensively; never assume other drivers see you.
- Take left turns with extra caution.
- Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.
- Stay out of passenger vehicles’ blind spots.
- Maintain your bike regularly and check oil levels and tire pressure before
- Follow all traffic rules: avoid reckless driving, signal, abide by the
speed limit, etc.
- Ride sober.
- Avoid driver distractions.
Call Today to Speak With a Trusted Board Certified Attorney
Determining liability in motorcycle accidents can be complex, so it is
in your best interests to work with a Houston personal injury lawyer who
can fully investigate your case. Because
our team is well versed in the nuances of Texas law, we can make sure that no stone
is left unturned in our pursuit of justice on your behalf.
Our goal is to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation to which
you are entitled to cover your medical expenses, future medical care,
lost wages, lost earning capacity, and more. Whether your accident was
caused by the negligence of another driver or third-party, our team stands
ready to assist you in any way we can.
Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs offers free consultations. To schedule yours,
please contact our office at (713) 999-3681.