Getting around town on two wheels is a great way to save gas and reduce your environmental impact, but it’s also much riskier from an accident and injury standpoint than driving a car, truck, or SUV. In addition to always wearing proper safety gear when riding your motorcycle, you can help protect yourself by simply being aware of the common causes of motorcycle accidents.
At Ponce Law, we’ve assisted many motorcycle accident victims and learned their unique stories. While no two motorcycle accidents are the same, many share common causes that include:
- Left-turning vehicles – Around 42 percent of all motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles occur when drivers make left turns in the path of motorcyclists. Drivers sometimes fail to watch for motorcyclists before they turn left, putting motorcyclists at risk of T-bone crashes that can result in devastating and life-threatening injuries.
- Dangerous road conditions – Potholes, loose pavement, and small branches in the road may just be minor annoyances for those driving cars, trucks, and SUVs. But for motorcyclists, they can represent potentially deadly hazards. Because even small imperfections in the road are so dangerous for motorcyclists, it’s important for other drivers to always give them plenty of room and never crowd their lanes.
There are many other causes of motorcycle accidents, including lane splitting, speeding, driving under the influence, and even drivers and passengers opening their doors without looking.
Regardless of what caused your motorcycle accident, if it was due to someone else’s negligence, we want to speak with you. Get in touch with our Nashville motorcycle accident lawyers. Fill out a free consultation form today.