Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can often cause severe injuries, and negligent motorists are often to blame. These injuries can lead to astronomical medical bills and other significant financial losses. If you find yourself in this horrible situation, an attorney with The Eberst Law Firm is standing by to help. Read on to learn about the common causes of motorcycle accidents.

When you choose our firm, you’ll work with a skilled motorcycle accident lawyer who will fight aggressively to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Please contact us online as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation or call us at 1-888-CALL-JON.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents: Speeding or Aggressive Driving

Speeding drivers can cause motorcycle accidents because they may not be able to see the motorcycle rider, may not be able to react in time to avoid a collision, or may not be able to navigate the motorcycle safely. Additionally, a speeding driver is more likely to lose control of their vehicle, which can increase the risk of an accident. When motorists drive too fast, they may not be able to anticipate the sudden movements of a motorcycle rider, which can cause them to make sudden lane changes or turns, resulting in a collision.

A skilled attorney can uncover the evidence needed to prove the driver who caused your suffering was speeding at the time of the accident.

Disregarding Traffic Laws

Drivers who disregard traffic laws, such as speed limits or traffic signals, can cause motorcycle accidents because they increase the likelihood of collisions. For example, a driver who runs a red light or stop sign may not see a motorcycle rider who has the right of way, resulting in a collision. When drivers disregard traffic laws, they’re also more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, such as tailgating or passing in no-passing zones, which can increase the risk of an accident involving a motorcycle rider.

Not Checking for Motorcyclists

Drivers often overlook motorcyclists because they’re so focused on other cars. Motorcycles also tend to make less noise than larger vehicles, so drivers who aren’t paying attention may not be able to hear a bike. When drivers don’t check for motorcycles before turning, merging, or changing lanes, they may not cause a collision.

Drivers who don’t look for motorcycles may not anticipate a motorcycle rider’s sudden movements, which can result in a collision. When motorists aren’t aware of their surroundings, particularly at intersections and when making turns, they can face liability if an accident occurs.

Distracted Driving

Unfortunately, distracted driving is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. Distracted drivers often fail to pay attention to the road, other vehicles, or motorcycle riders. Distractions can come in many forms, such as using a cell phone, eating, applying makeup, adjusting the radio, or even talking to passengers.

When a driver is distracted, they may not see a motorcycle rider, react in time to avoid a collision, or be unable to navigate the motorcycle safely. A distracted driver is also more likely to lose control of their vehicle, increasing the risk of an accident involving riders and passengers.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving while drunk can cause motorcycle accidents for several reasons. Alcohol impairs a person’s ability to make decisions, react quickly, and coordinate movements, making it difficult to control a motorcycle. Alcohol can also cause a person to have poor judgment and make poor decisions, such as driving too fast or taking unnecessary risks.

When a person is drunk, they may not be able to perceive the danger as well as they would if they were sober, which can lead to accidents.

Car Door Openings

This type of accident is known as “dooring,” It can happen when someone in a parked car opens a door into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than cars and trucks, so people in parked cars will typically not see them before they open the door, and riders may not have enough time to react and avoid a collision.

Defective Parts

Defective parts can cause a motorcycle accident because they can malfunction and affect performance. For example, if a brake system is defective, it can make it difficult for the rider to stop the motorcycle, increasing the risk of a collision. Similarly, if the steering or suspension system is defective, it can make the motorcycle challenging to control, increasing the risk of an accident.

Also, a defective tire can blow out or lose its tread, which can cause a wreck. Defective parts can also cause the motorcycle to stall or fail to start, leaving the rider stranded on the road. If a defect caused the accident that led to your injury, you could take legal action against the manufacturer.

Bad Weather

Florida’s weather is usually beautiful, but we can get our share of serious thunderstorms during spring and summer, of course. When people are just starting out behind the wheel, encountering heavy rain could lead to disaster.

Bad weather can make the road surface slippery, of course, reducing traction and making it more difficult for drivers – especially those who are inexperienced. Rain or fog can obscure the driver’s visibility, making it harder to see the road ahead and anticipate other vehicles’ movements.

Contact Eberst Law Firm if You’ve Been Involved in a Motorcycle Accident in Florida

A motorcycle accident lawyer with The Eberst Law Firm will perform a detailed investigation into the accident. We’ll find out why it happened and who is to blame. You’ll always be able to count on us to work in your best interests at all times and do everything we can to help you obtain maximum compensation.

No ethical lawyer will ever make any promises regarding compensation – especially when they don’t have all the facts of the case. We can guarantee, however, that no other law firm will work harder on your behalf. We’ve helped clients get the money they deserve for years, and we’re ready to do the same for you.

Get in touch with us as soon as possible to schedule a free evaluation of your case. You can use our online contact form, or you can call 1-888-CALL-JON.