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The Most Common Causes Of Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle is a lot of fun, and millions of American riders take to the highways and byways every year to enjoy the unique freedom and thrill of the open road that riding a motorcycle provides. However, motorcycle riders face hazards and suffer personal injuries that drivers of other types of vehicles don't. Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, unless riders understand the causes of motorcycle accidents and take precautions against them, follow the laws and rules of the road, take the necessary steps to protect themselves, and use common sense.

Common Factors In Motorcycle Accidents

There are many reasons that motorcycle riders face higher risks, but the most prominent are:

  • Less visibility to other motorists. Motorcycles are simply smaller and harder to see than other types of vehicles. Using lights and turn signals, reflective materials, and wearing brightly colored clothing can go a long way towards increasing visibility. 

  • Decreased stability. Motorcycles are two-wheeled vehicles, and thus are much less stable and require more skill to drive than cars and trucks, especially in situations involving heavy braking or emergency maneuvers. In addition, not keeping up with maintenance to tires and axles can exacerbate this problem. 

  • Bad roads. Streets and highways are notoriously bad in many states, and chuckholes and rough roads are the culprits in many accidents. 

  • Inexperienced riders. Beginning and untrained riders are at a much greater risk of being in a crash than more experienced riders. Attending a motorcycle training course, offered for free in many states, is highly recommended. 

  • Dangerous behavior. Speeding, reckless driving, alcohol and drug impairment, and not wearing a helmet and other safety equipment is the cause of many preventable fatalities and serious injuries. 

Liability In Motorcycle Crashes

Determining who is at fault in an accident depends on who the court finds was most negligent in the case. There are also different levels of liability. A judge might decree that a motorcycle rider was partially at fault for the accident. The monetary amount of any settlement will depend on the level of liability the court determines for each party involved in the suit. 

If you've suffered a personal injury in a motorcycle accident, it's essential that you retain the services of an attorney who is experienced in handling personal injury cases. It's the only way you can be sure that your rights are being protected and that you receive the compensation that you deserve.