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The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2015 | Auto Accidents


The legal team here at Wilhelm & Roemersma is committed to helping injury victims in and around New Jersey receive just compensation for injuries sustained and other kinds of hardships that have been endured.

This kind of strong legal representation is particularly helpful following auto accidents that result in major injuries or fatalities. Sadly, these are common with motorcycle accidents, a topic we’d like to turn our attention to right now.

Motorcycles Are More Dangerous Given Their Nature

Simply given the nature of motorcycles, it should come as no surprise that they are more dangerous vehicles to drive an operate. The motorcyclist is far more exposed to injury and harm that other motorists on the road. Even when wearing a helmet and proper protective gear, you may be subject to serious injuries in an accident.

In addition, the motorcycle is small can there is a high likelihood of the vehicle being lost in the blind spots of adjacent vehicles, increasing the risk of serious collisions and accidents.

Excessive Speed Makes Accidents More Likely

One of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents and other kinds of serious motor vehicle collisions is speeding. When vehicles travel beyond the speed limit, it can cause major problems with safety and maneuverability. Be sure to drive responsibly, follow the posted speed limit, and/or keep up with the flow of traffic when you are on the road.

Reckless Behavior Can Lead to Major Injury

In addition to speeding, recklessness while driving a motorcycle can similarly lead to motor vehicle collisions and major injuries. This includes weaving in between other vehicles, lane splitting, frequent lane changes, and taking unnecessary risks while on the road. Drive responsibly at all times, and follow the rules of the road to avoid serious harm.

Drunk Driving Should Always Be Avoided

Drunk driving is another common cause of motorcycle accidents, and it’s one that always has to be avoided. All kinds of controlled substances can impair reflexes and decision making, which is why all drivers need to act responsibly and avoid operating vehicles when they are intoxicated.

Blind Spots and Inattention: The Danger of Other Motorists

As we noted above, motorcycles are small and can wind up in the blind spots of other vehicles quite easily. When another vehicle is changing lanes or merging into traffic, inattention by the driver could lead to a collision with a motorcyclist. Drivers and motorcyclists need to always be attentive of those on the road, using side mirrors and checking blind spots to avoid harming others.

Motorcycle Defects and Mechanical Errors

Sometimes drivers are not at fault for motorcycle accidents at all. Instead, the issue may be with the maker of the motorcycle or motorcycle parts. Defective vehicle components and dangerous vehicles should never be allowed on the market, and manufacturers need to be taken to task.

Poor Weather Conditions

Bad weather makes even quite road a potential place where accidents occur as a result of poor traction, flooding, slipperiness, and other dangers.

Poor Road Conditions

When a road is poorly designed or improperly maintained, this can lead to dangers to all drivers and motorists. The roads may be filled with potholes and cracks that make stability difficult to maintain, or bad lighting and sharp turns can result in many other hazards.

Speak with Personal Injury Attorneys About Your Accident Case

To learn more about your legal options following a serious motorcycle accident, it’s important that you contact our team of attorneys today. The legal team at Wilhelm & Roemersma will fight diligently on your behalf to ensure that you receive just compensation following a serious injury accident.

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