Motorcycle accidents are often severe because of how vulnerable motorcyclists are compared to those in cars. Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident and five times as likely to be injured.
In some cases, driver negligence causes these accidents. In other cases, it may be the fault of the motorcyclist. Outside circumstances, such as weather, can also contribute.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Failure of Driver to See the Motorcycle
Almost 70% of motorcycle accidents occur at intersections due to the driver of a car failing to see the motorcycle. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars, drivers may not notice them and this can cause accidents.
As a motorcyclist, it’s important to be aware that you may not be visible to drivers and to act accordingly. Don’t linger in a car’s blind spot and be wary of cars making left-hand turns.
Unfortunately, even the most skilled motorcyclist may not be able to prevent an accident if the driver of the car doesn’t see them, so these types of accidents are usually the fault of the car’s driver. To prevent these accidents, everyone on the road should be aware of their surroundings (including motorcycles, other cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians) at all times.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
DUI is extremely dangerous and can lead to accidents on the road. A motorcyclist who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol is more likely to make risky choices, such as speeding. Motorcycles are also less stable than passenger vehicles, so swerving or taking corners are more dangerous.
Passenger vehicle drivers who are under the influence can also cause accidents with motorcycles. As mentioned above, one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is when other drivers don’t see the motorcycle. Impairment makes this problem even more likely and can have catastrophic results.
Rain and other weather conditions can make roads slicker and more dangerous. This is true for both passenger vehicles and motorcycles, but motorcycles are often more affected. Since these vehicles are smaller and less stable, they are more susceptible to poor conditions. In poor weather, motorcyclists need to take extra care to drive cautiously.
Lane splitting is when a motorcycle drives between lanes of traffic, typically to pass cars during a traffic jam. This has the potential to cause accidents because the drivers of passenger vehicles may not expect a motorcycle to pass them between lanes.
Lane splitting is legal in some jurisdictions and illegal in others. Per Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) 28-903, it is illegal in Arizona.
Determining Fault in a Motorcycle Accident
Determining who is at fault for any accident is complicated regardless of the types of vehicles that were involved. It’s important to consult with an experienced attorney who can examine the facts of your case. Motorcycle accident lawyers will consider the road conditions at the time of the accident and will gather evidence to help determine what caused the accident. If another driver acted negligently and this resulted in injury for you for a loved one, your attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Tucson
At Grabb & Durando, we’ve been fighting for Tucson accident victims since 1994. We have experience with a wide range of personal injury cases, including motorcycle accidents. Let us fight for you.