Motorcycle accidents are common, but can be devastating to the victim and their families. Here are five main causes of motorcycle collisions and what you can do to prevent them.
1. Inadequate Training
Many motorcyclists never received professional motorcycle training. Instead, they may have learned from their friends or a family member, or were simply self taught. This can pose a danger in many scenarios when knowing how to properly maneuver a motorcycle is crucial.
If you ride a motorcycle, consider taking a training class on how to ride, even if you feel confident about your skills as a motorcyclist. It can’t hurt, and it may very well save your life.
2. Failure of Other Motorists to See the Motorcycle
One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is the failure to see or notice the motorcycle by other motorists on the road. Often, a car or truck will sideswipe a motorcycle because they weren’t aware of their surroundings and failed to check their mirrors and behind them before turning or passing.
There’s very little a motorcyclist can do to ensure other people on the road see them, besides follow all safety laws and wearing brightly colored clothing. Never pass on the right, and avoid weaving tightly in and out of traffic.
3. Driving While Intoxicated
Whether the motorcyclist themselves are driving while intoxicated or it’s another motorist who is, motorcycle accidents are more likely to happen when alcohol is involved.
Avoid riding your motorcycle if you’ve had anything to drink. Riding sober is an easy way to decrease your risk of an accident while out on the road.
4. Road Conditions
Poor road conditions make up a small part of motorcycle accidents in California. When roads are wet or slick with ice, riding a motorcycle can become even more dangerous. Motorcycles tend to have poor traction anyways, simply because their tires are small and their loads are light. When combined with less than ideal conditions on the road, collisions can happen.
Never ride your motorcycle when the weather is bad – instead, leave it in your garage and take another vehicle or use public transportation instead.
5. Vehicle Malfunction
Vehicle malfunction is responsible for some motorcycle accidents, whether it’s the motorcycle itself that malfunctioned, or another person’s vehicle on the road. Poor maintenance of a vehicle can increase that risk, and brake failure or other malfunction can quickly cause a collision.
Always keep your motorcycle up to date with repairs and scheduled maintenance, and never take your bike out for a ride if there’s something wrong with it.
Regardless of how adamant you are about motorcycle safety, accidents can still happen. If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle collision, you may be eligible for compensation to cover financial damages as a result of the accident.
Contact Carl Brown Law today at (559) 431-4400 for a consultation to discuss your case with a California motorcycle accident lawyer. We have the skills and resources necessary to provide you with experienced and aggressive legal representation.