Accidents that occur when you are riding a motorcycle can result in a variety of injuries and concern. The CDC reports that roughly 38,000 motorcycle riders die each year as a result of accidents and roughly 1,333,000 motorcycle riders are injured in an accident. Recognizing the most common reasons that an accident occurs can make it easier to prepare and take appropriate safety precautions.
Poor Weather Conditions
A common reason that accidents can take place on a motorcycle relates to the weather conditions. Riding a motorcycle in the rain or snow can be risky because the roads are slippery and dangerous. When a motorcycle or a nearby car slips on the road, it can result in an accident.
Left-Hand Turns from a Car
When a car is making a left-hand turn, the visibility around the corner is not always good and the risk of hitting another vehicle increases. Since a motorcycle is a small vehicle, accidents can occur when a car makes a left-hand turn.
The risk of an accident in this situation increases when a motorcycle rider attempts to pass the car because the car's driver does not usually see the motorcycle at that time. It can also result in a head-on collision when a motorcycle rider is trying to go straight through the intersection.
Driving Between the Lanes
As a general rule, it is dangerous to split the lanes and drive between cars. Since the space between two cars can be limited, there is not enough room to maneuver and avoid an accident. Furthermore, the proximity of the cars can increase the risk of accidentally running into the side mirror or other parts of the vehicle.
Defects on the motorcycle or on the road can cause accidents. When a motorcycle is defective, it is usually the responsibility of the company that made the motorcycle to pay for the damages. Any time that the road is defective, the responsibility for the accident will depend on the situation. For example, if the defect was previously reported to the city, then the city may be responsible for the resulting injuries and property damage.
There are a variety of reasons that an accident can take place, but the impact of an accident can be very serious when you are riding a motorcycle. Depending on the cause of the accident, you may need to seek the assistance of a motorcycle accident lawyer in Philadelphia. A motorcycle accident attorney can help if the accident was caused by factors that were beyond your personal control or the other driver caused the accident.
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