Every few years statistics on the impact of road conditions on motorcycle accidents are studied with varying results. Of the causes, such as bad weather and driving too fast for conditions, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents are collisions with passenger vehicles. Recently a study compiled analyzing ten years of motorcycle accidents found that over 60% percent of the time motorist in passenger vehicles were at fault when they collided with motorcycles. Often times, accidents involved the passenger vehicles making a left turn or pulling in front of a motorcycle due to simply not seeing it. This is referred to in insurance circles as a “limited visibility” motorcycle accident.
This decreased level of visibility is important to understanding the issues surrounding motorcycle collisions. The simple fact of the matter is that most people operating passenger vehicles simply don’t notice motorcycles on the roadways. Combine this with the increasing problem of distracted drivers and it is easy to see why there is such a high percentage of motorcycle collisions with passenger vehicles. Despite these issues with visibility there are things that each rider can do to make themselves more visible and reduce the risks associated with these types of accidents, such as:
1. Wear light-colored clothes that are reflective and easy to see
2. Use headlights and turn signals
3. Use mirrors and check blind spots
4. Be weary of other vehicles’ blind spots
5. Give yourself room and distance to react
6. Avoid riding in dense fog or in extreme weather conditions
Sometimes, regardless of the skill utilized by the motorcycle rider, an accident is unavoidable. Furthermore, because of the severity of the injuries associated with these types of accidents, it is important to obtain experienced counsel to assist with resolving your claim. Motorcycle riders have unique challenges in personal injury lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident contact Douglasville Personal Injury Lawyer today for a free consultation.