2 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 30th, 2017

All vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. But motorcycles lack the protection of seat belts and airbags, putting motorcycle accident victims at an even higher risk of severe injury.

Riders can protect themselves and reduce their risks by wearing full riding gear, including a full-face helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots, but they’re still vulnerable during accidents.

New and veteran riders alike are taught to be aware of common dangers on roadways, including loose gravel, potholes, and slick pavement due to rain or ice. But other drivers remain one of the biggest hazards that motorcyclists face. The following scenarios represent serious threats to every motorcyclist in Virginia and throughout the U.S.:

  1. Left-turning drivers – Whether they’re turning left at intersections or into parking lots, many drivers simply aren’t trained to look for motorcycles when crossing lanes of traffic. That can result in serious accidents when they make left turns into the paths of motorcyclists.
  2. Drivers changing lanes – Because drivers often aren’t accustomed to watching out for motorcyclists, they may not check their blind spots. When they change lanes, they may drift directly into the paths of motorcyclists or force them off the road.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many victims who were hurt in motorcycle accidents due to a wide variety of causes, including those listed above.

No matter how your motorcycle accident happened, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.