Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, part of the personal injury claims process will be determining the cause of your crash and who should be held responsible. The primary cause of motorcycle crashes is driver negligence. However, there are many other factors that should be considered, so it is crucial that you speak with a skilled Houston motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible about the details of your case.
At the Law Offices of Hilda Sibrian, our experienced legal team will conduct an in-depth investigation into your crash to determine the cause, collect all the evidence, and demand maximum compensation for your losses. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can make a difference in your motorcycle accident injury claim.
Understanding the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
As seasoned motorcycle accident attorneys, we have investigated all types of crashes to determine and demonstrate the underlying cause. Although no two cases are the same, some of the common causes of crashes that we see are:
Dangerous lane changes: Drivers of cars or trucks often fail to look out for motorcyclists when making lane changes. They may cut a motorcycle off, overtake a rider in a lane, sideswipe a bike, or push a motorcyclist across a center lane into oncoming traffic. All of these actions can lead to devastating and possibly fatal injuries.
Improper turns: Driving is all about making quick decisions, but many drivers can overlook a motorcycle when quickly assessing a turn. They may turn into the path of a motorcyclist, knocking the rider from the bike and potentially causing a double impact when the rider hits the road.
Distracted driving: Although texting or talking on the phone is the most common example of distracted driving, there are many activities that can take a driver’s mind off the road, putting motorcyclists around them in danger. Eating, drinking, grooming, listening to music, interacting with passengers or pets, and checking a GPS are all examples of distracted driving.
Drunk driving: There is never an excuse to get behind the wheel after drinking. Sadly, when a motorist makes this decision, it puts everyone on the road at risk, especially motorcyclists who have less physical protection when getting slammed by a reckless drunk driver.
Aggressive driving: Drivers who speed, tailgate, cut off, or otherwise behave aggressively toward motorcyclists can cause serious crashes. Motorcyclists should do everything possible to avoid drivers who are behaving aggressively, including pulling off the road if that’s what is necessary.
Hazardous road conditions: Bad weather, potholes, poor road design, and other dangerous road conditions are a common cause of motorcycle crashes. In some cases, crash victims may be able to file a personal injury claim against the government entity or contractor responsible for maintaining or repairing the dangerous roadway.
Defective motorcycle parts: When brakes, tires, steering, or other motorcycle parts or systems malfunction, they can cause devastating accidents. Injured riders and passengers can fight to hold manufacturers accountable when defective parts are to blame for their injuries.