Motorcycle Accidents

The lack of protection that motorcycles provide deems them a dangerous vehicle on the road. Even the most experienced riders are met with risky situations. Motorcycle accidents can occur at any time of day, on roads large and small. In about two-thirds of motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle, the other vehicle had violated the motorcycle rider’s right of way; thus, generally causing the accident.

Below are some of the issues motorcyclists face on the road:


  • Being seen — Motorcyclists are a smaller visual target. They are easily hidden in blind spots and by other larger vehicles. Particularly at intersections, where many motorcycle related crashes and collisions occur, they are unseen and therefore not considered by other vehicles when making driving decisions. It is important for motorcyclists to be aware of their environment as well as fellow drivers. Try to stay within viewpoint of surrounding drivers, and use proper signals when changing lanes or making turns.
  • Shaking — Motorcycles are inherently more difficult to maneuver than other auto and commercial vehicles. Having two wheels, the front and back tires can become unstable or misaligned and cause shaking when riding at high speeds. Inexperienced or unfamiliar riders should be cautious when riding on freeways and other high-speed areas. While it is important for the owner of the bicycle to maintain the quality of their vehicle, the manufacturer can also come into play if a recall is due or if found to fall under what’s known as product liability theory. If you believe the manufacturer of your vehicle may have been the cause of your accident, call today for a free consultation.
  • Hazardous roads — Auto and commercial vehicles can handle road inconsistencies and some interfering object on the road. Motorcycles on the other hand are far more sensitive when it comes to coming into contact with any obstructions. Obstructions can be potholes, oil slicks, puddles, debris, uneven pavement, and railroad tracks. If you believe a publicly placed or ignored impediment was the cause of your accident, you may have a valid case.
There are a number of ways motorcyclists are at risk for sharing the road with heftier and larger vehicles. As always, riders should be wearing proper safety gear such as a helmet. Helmets can save lives and should be worn at all times. No matter how far you are traveling or how busy a road may be, it is imperative that riders be wearing a helmet. It is also suggested that riders wear additional face and eye protection. This can be glasses, goggles or a protective barrier attached to a helmet. Long sleeve jackets with reflective material, long pants and gloves are also helpful protective gear to aid in preventing accidents.

While there are disadvantages to riding a motorcycle, drivers are still responsible for knowing the rules of the road as well as abiding by them. They are also required to maintain their vehicle to the best of their ability to ensure that it is safe to ride. The basic, minimal requirements by law are:

  • Safe tires with sufficient tread and air pressure.
  • Fully functioning headlights, taillight, brake light, and turn signals.
  • Front and rear brakes.
  • A working horn and mirrors.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, first be sure to seek any medical attention required. Then, if you believe you have a case to claim, feel free to call Tom Pattenaude for a free consultation.

If you believe you have a case, call today for your free personal evaluation.
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