Riding a motorcycle can be an exhilarating experience, and many people love using motorcycles both for long-distance joyriding and everyday riding. However, on the flip side, motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than cars due to their exposed nature. Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in severe injury or even death.
Here are some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents to be aware of:
Collision with Cars Turning Left
One of the most important things for a motorcyclist to be aware of is other cars on the road, especially when they are turning left. Drivers may not be on the lookout for motorcyclists, and unfortunately, it is fairly common for cars to hit motorcycles during a left turn as the motorcyclist is either going straight through the intersection or trying to pass the car. In many cases, the car turning left will be at fault in these collisions; however, if the motorcyclist was speeding or otherwise breaking traffic laws, he or she may be found partially at fault.
Collision with Car Changing Lanes
Since motorcycles are small and car drivers are often not expecting them, collisions while a car is changing lanes are common. These types of collisions are often on high-speed highways and freeways, which could result in severe burns, brain injury, or spinal cord trauma.
Collision with an Object
As with cars, colliding with a fixed object such as a tree, mailbox, telephone pole, etc. is a fairly common occurrence for motorcyclists. However, these types of accidents are much more likely to result in catastrophic injury or fatality for someone on a motorcycle.
Road hazards that may be merely an annoyance to a car driver could potentially result in serious injury for a motorcycle rider. These hazards include roadkill, potholes, irregular lane texture or height, unexpected objects on the road, patches of gravel or leaves, and more. Things that you don't give a second thought to while driving a car could mean danger while you're on your motorcycle, so make sure to drive safely and at the speed limit while always being aware of your surroundings.
Speeding and Driving Under the Influence
Just like with a car or truck, driving a motorcycle at unsafe speeds or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a recipe for disaster. Motorcyclists are much more likely to be severely hurt in a high-speed accident, so it's vital to take every precaution and drive at the posted speed limit. It goes without saying that you should never operate a motorcycle while under the influence.
Stay Safe On the Road
In order to reduce the likelihood of getting into a motorcycle accident, and in order to reduce the severity of an accident in case you do get into one, always wear a motorcycle helmet and follow all traffic laws. Be aware of other cars on the road, and be aware of road conditions as well. However, if you are injured by another car or by unsafe road conditions, know your rights and that you may be entitled to compensation.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident, don't hesitate to call (502) 222-2222 to schedule a free consultation. We serve the Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana areas.