Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycles are more prone to accidents than regular passenger vehicles, and riders face a variety of additional hazards on the road other vehicle drivers don’t have to deal with. Many accidents happen due to the negligence of others, and injured motorcyclists should always discuss their rights with a Boca Raton motorcycle accident lawyer.
One of the most common preventable types of motorcycle accidents is when a person in a passenger vehicle switches lanes, oblivious to a nearby biker, and winds up running that motorcyclist off the road, hitting them, or causing them to take evasive actions that lead to an accident.
Another dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. These collisions account for 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Usually, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is:
- Going straight through an intersection
- Passing the car, or
- Trying to overtake the car
Another common cause of motorcycle accidents comes from the ways in which motorcyclists maneuver through traffic as opposed to regular cars. Motorcycles may pass a car while occupying the same lane or may engage in frequent lane changing to maneuver around traffic. When motorcyclists engage in this unique maneuverability that cars cannot, vehicle operators are often not cautious or attentive to the potential for a motorcycle to be hidden in their blind spot as they themselves maneuver through traffic.
The methods of maneuvering that motorcycles engage in to get around and through traffic can also create a situation known as “lane splitting.” Lane splitting is unlawful in Florida and occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or moving cars, usually in situations of highly condensed traffic. Lane splitting is a common cause of motorcycle accidents due to several factors:
- The close proximity of the cars to the motorcycle in the same lane
- The reduced space the motorcycle has to maneuver
- The fact that car drivers don't anticipate that anything will be passing them in slowed or stopped or highly condense traffic areas
All of these factors contribute to the higher risk of riding a motorcycle crash compared to driving a passenger vehicle.
Getting the Right Legal Help From a Boca Raton Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and were injured, and you believe you deserve just compensation for the injuries you suffered in your accident, you need a law firm dedicated to representing these kinds of cases successfully. If another driver’s negligence caused you to be the victim of a motorcycle accident in the Boca Raton, Florida region, there is only one law firm that you need to call.
Demand The Limits Personal Injury Attorneys handles these kinds of motorcycle accident cases and will fight to ensure your claim for compensation receives a proper resolution either through a favorable settlement with the insurance companies or a favorable verdict should your case need to go to trial. Demand The Limits takes on these types of personal injury cases and has a well-established track record in southeastern Florida handling these cases successfully. To obtain a consultation for your case, contact us online today or call 561-600-3555 to get connected with one of our motorcycle accident attorneys.