Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

At Metier Law Firm, we’re just as passionate about riding motorcycles as you are. But, as you know, motorcyclists face a number of challenges on the road. Even one innocent mistake on your bike could lead to severe or fatal injuries.

Our injury lawyers thought it would be good to use this blog post as a refresher for fellow motorcyclists. Even if you’ve never gotten into a wreck on your bike, it’s important to always be cautious and abide by traffic laws.

Lane changes

Second to vehicles turning left in front of a motorcycle riding in the opposite direction, unsafe lane changes could very well be the top causes of motorcycle accidents. A driver is on the highway and needs to change lanes either to pass someone or prepare to exit. However, the driver fails to check his or her blind spot in the process and collides with a motorcyclist.

Speeding

Speeding is a leading cause of all auto accidents, but especially those involving motorcyclists.  Speeding lessens a driver’s chance of seeing and reacting to prevent a possible crash. Plus, high speeds typically equate to major collisions and injuries.

Lane splitting

You’ve probably seen a number of motorcyclists do this in rush hour traffic. As convenient as it might seem to drive between two lanes of traffic, “lane splitting” is not legal in Nebraska, Colorado, or Wyoming.  Since it isn’t legal, drivers aren’t expecting nor looking for motorcycles that are splitting lanes.  Whether you’re a veteran motorcyclist or just got your first bike recently, be sure to stay in accordance with all traffic laws.

Sudden stops

A driver following a motorcyclist too closely is a recipe for disaster. In the event that the motorcyclist has to come to an abrupt stop, the driver may not have enough time to react and do the same. Unfortunately, these sudden stops are another common cause of motorcycle accidents.

Dangerous road conditions

As a motorcyclist, it’s never a good idea to test dangerous road conditions. Ice, potholes, and crumbling pavement all increase a rider’s chances of losing control and getting into a nasty wreck. Do yourself a favor and only take your bike out when the conditions are favorable.

Driving under the influence

There are far too many motorcycle accidents that occur because someone was driving under the influence. If you suspect that the other driver was under the influence, let your attorney know as soon as possible.

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

The majority of motorcycle accidents are severe in nature. If you were recently injured on your bike due to a driver’s recklessness or negligence, you need to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. At Metier Law Firm, our injury attorneys provide unmatched accident investigation and legal services for our clients.

Part of what separates Metier from other personal injury law offices is that we give each client the attention they deserve. Whereas the insurance company may try to rush you through the process and sell you on a low-ball offer, our motorcycle accident lawyer takes a different approach. We will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact our motorcycle accident lawyers for a free consultation.