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What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are many people who ride motorcycles in Kentucky. There is a freedom associated with it that people do not experience when they are driving other vehicles. However, what allows for that freedom also means that people riding motorcycles have very little protection between them and the road, other vehicles, trees and other objects on and around roads. When they are involved in accidents, the consequences to the riders can be catastrophic.

There are many different reasons that motorcycle accidents occur. Sometimes, it is due to the actions of the rider, such as driving too fast, being under the influence, being inexperienced and other actions of the rider. Sometimes, it is due to a mechanical failure, poor road conditions and defects in the road or due to the weather conditions as well.

Ways other drivers cause motorcycle accidents

Many times, other drivers on the roads cause the motorcycle accidents. One of the leading ways that other drivers cause accidents is by making left turns in front of oncoming motorcycles. Given the smaller size of motorcycles, other drivers can miss seeing them as they are not specifically looking for them. Also, drivers may misjudge the speed of the motorcycle.

Distracted driving can also lead to many motorcycle accidents. Distracted driving can lead to many accidents in general, but distracted drivers are even more likely to miss seeing a motorcycle than other vehicles on the road. They may easily change lanes into a motorcycle and hit them when they are not paying attention.

Motorcycle accidents with other drivers often result in serious injuries for the riders and the drivers of the other vehicles may not be hurt at all. The riders may require surgeries and significant rehabilitation. These costs can add up quickly and people may also lose income if they are unable to work. This can put the riders in a difficult position, both physically and financially.

If other drivers cause a motorcycle accident in Kentucky, the rider may be able to receive compensation for their damages. It is common that the rider will have significant injuries that can completely change their lives. It is important that they are not left paying for their medical bills on their own. They also may be able to receive compensation for lost income and the pain and suffering they experienced as a result of the accident. Experienced attorneys know how devastating motorcycle accidents can be and may be able to help people receive what they deserve.