Motorcycles are often linked to the most dangerous of traffic collisions
in North Carolina and, indeed, the rest of the country. The quick and
speedy vehicles provide no actual protection to their riders, and their
small size makes them vulnerable to virtually every other vehicle on the
roads. In fact, some studies show that 4 out of every 5 motorcycle accidents
will result in serious or fatal injury to the rider.
If you are a motorcycle rider, one of the keys to preventing yourself from
being caught in a devastating
motorcycle accident is knowing their common causes:
Left-hand intersections: More than 40% of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a car making a
left-hand turn through an intersection; indeed, such collisions are also
incredibly common among accidents involving just automobiles. Drivers
often underestimate the speed of oncoming traffic and try to shoot through
the intersection when it is not safe. As a motorcycle is smaller and faster
than a car, drivers may find it difficult to actually perceive the velocity
of the motorcycle.
Lane splitting: When a motorcyclist rides between cars, this is known as lane splitting.
This is a common practice among all motorcycle riders, despite it being
outright dangerous. Drivers rarely check mirrors for a motorcycle coming
up between them and the adjacent lane and may unexpectedly swerve into
riders. If traffic is stopped, they could even open their door, perhaps
for fresh air, and strike the rider. The best practice is usually to behave
as if your motorcycle is a full-sized vehicle and never lane split.
Weather conditions: Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycles actually do not have better
braking capabilities than cars, likely due to the reduced surface area
of tires touching the road. When the highways are slick with rain or dirties
with debris, it can be difficult for a rider to stop in time to avoid
collisions or losing control of their motorcycle. When weather or road
conditions are adverse, you should slow down.
Getting You On Two Wheels Again
At Plyler Law Firm, P.A., our Fayetteville personal injury lawyers understand
that after you have been in a motorcycle accident, litigation might be
necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. Blame is often unfairly
shifted to motorcyclists, as it is assumed by insurance providers and
others that it is inherently difficult for riders to control their vehicles.
When you team up with our highly-experienced team, we will do all we can
to build your case and challenge this assumption.
Would you like to
get in contact with us? Call 910.248.4276 and request your
initial consultation today!