If you’re a motorcyclist, avoiding accidents is always a major concern. Motorcycles provide zero protection to riders, and even the most well-equipped riders still face serious risks when they’re involved in crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries during accidents than people in passenger vehicles.
Usually, the biggest risk that motorcyclists face isn’t their own lack of skill, experience, or caution. Instead, it’s other drivers and roadway hazards. Three of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:
- Drivers turning left in front of motorcyclists—Whether they’re turning left at intersections or into driveways, drivers don’t always look out for people traveling on two wheels. When they fail to notice or look for motorcycles and then turn left, drivers can turn directly in front of motorcyclists, resulting in deadly crashes.
- Drivers following too closely—Motorcycles can accelerate and stop much more quickly than passenger vehicles. When drivers follow motorcyclists too closely, they’re often unable to slow down or stop in time in response to traffic slowdowns. In addition, drivers who are distracted or aren’t paying attention may rear-end motorcyclists.
- Roadway debris—Wet leaves, loose gravel, and potholes are usually nothing more than minor annoyances for drivers—if they’re noticed at all. But for motorcyclists, they can be extremely dangerous. Riders must constantly scan the road ahead for potential hazards, and sometimes, they don’t see them until it’s too late.
At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys assist injured riders get compensation for their medical expenses when they get hurt through no fault of their own. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash, contact us today for a free consultation.