2 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | September 7th, 2017

As a motorcyclist, you do everything you can to stay safe on Virginia’s roads. That means always wearing full safety gear, including a helmet, riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots. It also means using your headlights and turn signals, riding defensively, and avoiding aggressive riding behaviors.

However, you also know that all motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable, even when they follow every safety precaution in the book. Whether inexperienced or inattentive, not all drivers are prepared to drive near motorcyclists. Many motorcyclists are injured every year because of cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Two of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that involve other vehicles include:

  1. Drivers turning left without looking – One of the most vulnerable scenarios for motorcyclists is approaching intersections or areas of the road where vehicles make left turns. Some drivers briefly glance at oncoming traffic before turning, and they may only look for passenger vehicles. That can result in serious and even deadly T-bone collisions involving motorcycles.
  2. Drivers crowding motorcyclists or entering their lanes – Motorcyclists get all the same rights on Virginia’s roads as other motorists. But some drivers don’t give them the respect they deserve. That can result in inconsiderate, aggressive, and dangerous behaviors like drifting into their lanes, causing them to be forced onto the shoulder of the road or to lose control of their bikes.

Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers knows that motorcyclists are at risk of suffering severe and even life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in crashes with other vehicles.

When those accidents are the other drivers’ fault, it’s important that the victims get a fair chance of receiving compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.