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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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:

  • Risky 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.
  • Quick 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 sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, you need to seek knowledgeable and experienced legal representation. At the Dean Law Firm in Odessa, our personal injury attorneys are committed 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.

Start on your personal injury lawsuit today and call our team at (432) 214-8125 to schedule a free case review.