Motorcycles are some of the most iconic rides on the road, but they also
afford their riders minimal protection compared to that of other motor
vehicles on the road. This does not mean motorcyclists should trade their
favorite mode of transportation for a car, but rather that they should
exercise some caution and maintain awareness of their surroundings. That
said, no matter how careful we are, negligent drivers on the road will
inevitably cause accidents that lead to serious injuries. If you were
involved in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a negligent driver
on the road, you should hire skilled legal representation as soon as possible
to ensure you are able to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Below is a list of some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
Unsafe lane changes: When drivers fail to check their blind spots or signal prior to attempting
to change lanes, this creates a high risk for colliding with a motorcyclist.
Motorcycles are substantially smaller than any other vehicle on the road,
making it difficult for drivers to notice them if they neglect to check
their blind spots.
Car doors: It is not uncommon for motorcycle accidents to occur when a motorcyclist
drives past a row of parked cars and someone opens a door in the path
of the motorcyclist. Individuals in parked cars should always look before
opening their doors and motorcyclists should avoid driving alongside a
road of parked vehicles.
Driving under the influence: Everyone knows drinking and driving is against the law, but many still
believe they can handle operating a vehicle despite having had a few drinks.
Unfortunately, this is an incredibly easy way to get involved in a terrible
accident. Regardless if you drive a car or motorcycle, no one should ever
drink and drive.
Sudden stops: Rear-end accidents are not usually too serious when they occur between
two cars, but if a motor vehicle rear-ends a motorcycle, this could lead
to fatal injuries. To prevent this, drivers should avoid following motorcyclists
too closely, so they can always have enough time to stop without the risk
of a rear-end collision.
Dangerous road conditions: In some cases, road conditions can cause serious motorcycle accidents.
It is critical for motorcyclists to be aware of crumbling pavement, potholes,
and debris. Additionally, if the weather is poor, consider waiting it
out before attempting to go out for a ride.
Speeding: Driving above the posted speed limit is a common cause of accidents among
all motorists, no matter what they drive. The higher the speed, the greater
the impact. Everyone should always either follow the posted speed limit
or, if driving conditions are poor, drive at a speed that is safe, even
if it is below the posted speed limit.
Motorcycle Accidents in Odessa
If you were injured in a
motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligent or reckless actions,
you need to seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible to fight
for the compensation you deserve. At the Dean Law Firm in Odessa, our
personal injury attorneys are dedicated to fighting on behalf of the wrongfully
injured and will do what is necessary to ensure the responsible party
is held accountable for the injuries you suffered.
Get started on your
personal injury case today and
give us a call at (432) 214-8125 to request a free initial case evaluation with one of
our knowledgeable attorneys.