Common Causes and Consequences of Motorcycle Accidents
If you love riding your motorcycle, you should also be aware of safety regulations and the laws of the road. You no doubt understand the risks you take when you get on your bike. An accident on your motorcycle can be more serious than if you were in a car or truck. If someone else causes your injuries, you could be justified in filing a personal injury lawsuit. It’s helpful to know what can lead to crashes and when another driver would be liable.
Driving at excessive speeds is one of the leading causes of collisions on the road. If another vehicle is exceeding the speed limit and hits you while you are on your motorcycle, your injuries could be devastating and life-altering. Not only will the offending motorist likely be ticketed, but you have solid ground to stand on if you wish to file a lawsuit. Your attorney could show that the speeding driver was driving recklessly and carelessly.
Driving While Distracted
Distracted driving is another common way that accidents occur. This can range between drivers texting or talking on their cell phones to trying to find a radio station to talking to people in the backseat. It doesn’t take more than a second of distractions for a motorist to lose control or become disoriented. Distracted driving can cause head-on collisions as vehicles veer from one side of the road to the other. They can also lead to rear-end wrecks when the distracted driver doesn’t realize that traffic has stopped ahead.
Perhaps the biggest case you would have to file a lawsuit for a motorcycle accident would be if another driver was deliberately trying to hurt you. Road rage is dangerous and can cause severe injuries or even death. Someone could become enraged at you because you inadvertently cut off him or her. You may also have been driving too close to a car in front of you or not going fast enough for another driver behind you.
Driving Under the Influence
Drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs would also be grounds not only for the offending individual to lose his or her license and serve jail time but for you to file a lawsuit. As a motorcyclist, the effects of a collision in this situation could be catastrophic.