Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Top 5 Causes Motorcycle Accidents Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable drivers on the road. They are more exposed than other vehicle drivers on the streets. Motorcyclists do not have the same safety measures and protection that car operators have, such as seat belts and airbags. They only have their helmet and clothes to protect them from the elements. This is one of the factors why bikers involved in motorcycle accidents are injured more severely than other vehicle drivers.

In 2018, there have been 2,728 motorcycle accidents in Michigan. About 134 of these accidents resulted in fatalities, while 2,004 resulted in injuries.

As a motorcyclist in the streets of Michigan, you must be aware of the common causes of motorcycle crashes and accidents so you can avoid them. Motorcycle accidents are very serious, and can be more damaging than other auto accidents.

Here are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and crashes that every motorcyclist should be aware of.

  1. Drivers who are switching lanes or turning in front of you.

Drivers must be responsible for taking extra caution when changing lanes. Before changing lanes, the driver must first monitor the traffic in his target lane. There must be enough distance between him and the oncoming vehicle to give him enough time to change lane safely. He must then make the appropriate signal to inform other drivers that he intends to change lanes.

However, some drivers underestimate how dangerous changing lanes can be. They recklessly and callously change lanes without making sure that the next lane is clear and free. This negligent behavior can end up in collisions. Motorcyclists are the common victims of this type of crashes as they are usually hidden by blind spots, making some drivers unaware of their presence.

  1. Making a turn without slowing down.

Not all motorcycle accidents are caused by other vehicle drivers. They can be due to the fault of the motorcyclist himself as some motorcyclists can be careless and impulsive. The adrenaline rush that a biker feels with speed can be addicting to some. Speeding down winding roads can feel good, but they can also end up in accidents. If you are a biker, slow down when making those left hand turns. Make sure to stick with the speed limit to reduce the risk of accidents.

  1. Poor road conditions

Poorly maintained roads are more dangerous to bikers than they are to car drivers. Potholes, loose gravel, built-up dirt, and rocks can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of his bike. One should be alert of any road obstacle so he can slow down and avoid it.

  1. Dooring

A motorcycle accident can be caused by a driver opening his doors into the path of approaching traffic. Motorcyclists should avoid driving near parked cars, as a collision with a car door can lead to seriously fatal results.

  1. Rear-End motorcycle accidents

Drivers of large vehicles such as trucks and buses will have a harder time seeing motorcycles in front of them. Sometimes, they do not notice that a motorcycle is at a stop in an intersection or before a turn. Rear-end motorcycle collisions can be fatal to the biker. This is why bikers are advised to put some reflective gear on their bike, or wear reflective clothing. This simple technique can make them more visible to other vehicle drivers.

What to Do If You Get Involved in a Motorcycle Crash in Michigan

If you are or a family member is a biker, you must know what you need to do if ever you get involved in a collision. You should:

  1. Call the police.
  2. Seek medical help immediately.
  3. Get the information of the other driver involved.
  4. Seek legal counsel.

If you get involved in a collision or a crash, our dependable lawyers can help you establish a personal injury claim. A lawyer can help you review your situation, and will give you counsel on your next legal steps.

A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you get compensated for the following:

  • Medical and hospital bills
  • Therapy sessions
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Call The Clark Law Office for the Best Legal Support in Michigan

The Clark Law Office has been helping thousands involved in traffic accidents successfully get their personal injury claims. Our lawyers are experienced and experts in personal injury cases. We are dedicated in representing you so that you get the financial compensation and support that you deserve. Our comprehensive knowledge of Michigan’s personal injury and negligence laws have helped many clients score very satisfactory settlements. Contact us now for a free initial consultation.