A motorcycle is a dangerous form of transportation. A minor collision that would be classified as a “fender bender” between two cars can be enough to kill a motorcyclist. This is because motorcycle riders have no protection. Their entire body is completely exposed and there is nothing to absorb the impact of a collision.
Safety equipment such as helmets, jackets, and boots can help protect riders, but in many cases they are not enough to save their life. It is important for every motorcyclist to understand the causes of most motorcycle accidents. Understanding the risks can help riders avoid these dangerous situations and stay safe.
When a car fails to see a motorcycle, dangerous collisions happen. Drivers of cars are typically not looking for motorcycles. When turning left, changing lanes, and approaching stop lights, drivers of cars are looking for other cars. The absence of a car in the space causes their preoccupied brain to perceive the space as empty. A motorcycle’s presence does not register. After an accident, many car drivers describe their collision as if “the motorcycle came out of nowhere” even though it was there the whole time.
Cars incorrectly judge a motorcycle’s speed. When driving a car, it is difficult to truly tell how fast or slow a motorcycle is going. Motorcycles are much smaller than cars. Car drivers often think they have enough time to turn left in front of a motorcycle or to change lanes when a motorcycle is approaching. In reality, they are steering their car into occupied space and a motorcycle does not have enough time to stop or avoid hitting them. The unprotected motorcyclist often pays the greater price.
Corners are full of hazards for motorcycles. It is easy for motorcycle riders to misjudge how tight a turn is, and if they enter the turn with too much speed it can cause them to crash. Corners can also contain gravel and other debris that can cause even uncompromised motorcycle tires to lose traction. It is important for motorcycle riders to be extremely cautious in corners, especially blind corners, and to heed warnings from visual cues and road signs to help judge how tight of a turn it is going to be.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident caused by negligent or reckless behavior of another driver, Welsh & Welsh, Omaha, NE motorcycle accident lawyer can help. Motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries that have a major impact on your life for a long time. Recovery can be slow and financial expenses can add up fast. Welsh & Welsh can help you get the financial help you deserve. Contact our experienced legal team today for a free, zero-obligation consultation of your case.