With motorcycle accidents happening every day, it is important to talk about accident prevention for both motorcyclists and other drivers on the road. One of the best ways to do this is to take a look at past accidents and discuss some of the common causes. By being aware of common causes of motorcycle accidents, all drivers will hopefully be able to steer clear of these situations.
- Motorists failing to yield the right of way to motorcyclists. An extremely common accident scenario is when a car is taking a left turn and pulls in front of a motorcycle that is going straight. The passenger car driver either does not see the motorcycle or else thinks he can “beat it” through the intersection—and ends up crashing into the motorcycle.
- Distracted driving. Motorists frequently don’t notice a motorcycle near them on the road, but it’s become even worse with more drivers operating their vehicles while distracted by cell phones and other electronic devices.
- Sudden stops. Sudden stops are trouble for anyone on the road, but if a motorcycle speeds into the back of a car, or a car hits it from behind, neither scenario will work out in the motorcyclist’s favor.
- Inexperience and lack of safety training. There are many safety courses available to motorcyclists and new riders are encouraged to exercise extreme caution. Unfortunately, some people choose to speed around on motorcycles and don’t have the experience to handle unexpected traffic situations.
While motorcycle accidents can happen for any number of reasons, the outcome is usually very similar: the motorcyclist is seriously injured or even killed. If you were badly hurt in a motorcycle accident in the Los Angeles area, contact the Law Offices of John P. Rosenberg at 818-716-6400 for a free consultation and request a FREE copy of our book, The 5 Worst Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Injury Claim.