Main Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Getting out on your bike in the San Francisco area is one of life’s great pleasures. When you are on your bike, however, you are about as vulnerable as you can be to the dangers of the open road. In fact, nothing but your motorcycle helmet and any safety gear that you wear comes between you and the unimaginable impact of a crash. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a motorcycle accident, don’t delay reaching out to an experienced San Francisco motorcycle accident attorney. 

When You Are on Your Bike

When you are on your bike, you are exceptionally vulnerable to the dangers of the road for all of the following reasons:  

  • You take up less space on the road, which makes you more difficult to see and which makes it easier for you to get lost in the blind spot of another driver.
  • Because you travel on only two wheels, you have less connection with the road and are more susceptible to being injured as a result of poorly maintained roads or as a result of the deleterious effects of bad weather, low visibility, or anything else. 
  • Your small size makes it more difficult for other drivers to gauge your distance and your speed, which leaves you especially at risk in intersections (when motorists must calculate when it’s safe to make turns). 
  • Your bike’s lighter weight means that you can stop more quickly than other vehicles can. This fact, however, leaves you vulnerable to being rear-ended by motorists who fail to allow ample traveling distance.

Although you are more vulnerable to dangerous accidents and serious injuries when you are on your motorcycle, this does not let other drivers off the hook. They are responsible for driving safely in relation to the traffic they encounter, including motorcyclists like you. 

Motorcycle Accidents: Common Causes

Far too many motorcycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers, including:

  • Driver Distraction – When a driver fails to pay adequate attention to the road ahead, others often pay the price, but motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. 
  • Driver Impairment – Drunk drivers suffer physical, cognitive, and sensory impairments that make them exceptionally dangerous drivers, and motorcyclists often pay the ultimate price. 
  • Driver Speed – When a motorist chooses to drive at excessive speeds (whether this means driving over the speed limit or driving too fast for the road’s condition), he or she puts everyone on the road at increased risk and helps to ensure that any ensuing accidents will be deadly. Because speeding motorists have less time to react, they are less likely to see motorcyclists in their midst and to adequately accommodate their safe passage.

A Dedicated San Francisco Motorcycle Accident Attorney Can Help

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash that was caused by another driver’s negligence, the San Francisco motorcycle accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Righthand are on your side and are both well prepared and well-positioned to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation by contacting us today.

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Date Of Posting

24 August,2021

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