There may be a big debate over whether Harley-Davidson, BMW, Honda or another manufacturer makes the best motorcycle, but they would all agree that the biggest safety threat to motorcyclists is aggressive driving and inattentive, distracted drivers. And for obvious reasons, when there is a collision, the motorcyclist usually suffers the worst injuries.
At Black Wynn, we represent victims of motorcycle accidents in the greater Phoenix area. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, we can provide you with a strategy to maximize your recovery. Call us today for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes
There is no limit on the potential causes of motorcycle accidents. But many crashes are the result of a one of a number of specific reasons:
Driver Negligence Causing a Motorcycle Accident
When it comes to driver mistakes, there are a number of specific actions that appear to be the cause of many motorcycle accidents:
- Speeding. The is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents.
- Distracted driving. This includes texting while driving, talking on the phone, and other activities that divert a driver’s attention from the roadway.
- Failure to yield. When a driver makes a left hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle, or otherwise violates the right of way of the motorcyclist, the result is often catastrophic.
- Aggressive driving. Unsafe lane changes, failure to signal, tailgating and disregard of other motorists are common cause of motorcycle crashes and motorcycle injuries.
There are, of course, many other possible reasons for a motorcycle accident, but these are some of the more common examples. And whether the accident occurs at an intersection, on the open road, or in any other location, the motorcyclist is the one who usually suffers the most serious injuries.
Road Conditions Causing a Motorcycle Accident
Road conditions lead to all sorts of problems on streets and highways. In the case of motorcycles, however, the problems are magnified. An issue that might be hardly noticeable in the case of a car, a truck or a bus, could spell disaster for a motorcyclist. Here are some examples:
Defective road design
Some illustrations of poor road design are failing to minimize roadside hazards (slopes, trees, culverts, bridge rails, utility poles), faulty guardrails, sight obstructions, and unsafe pavement drop-offs.
Poor roadway maintenance
This includes, among others, failure to repair damaged or non-functioning traffic signals, potholes, structural problems on bridges, and overgrown plants and trees that block road signs and signals. In addition, failure to warn drivers about construction and repair activities contributes to many accidents. Similarly, failure to clear ice from a roadway presents more danger to motorcyclists than to other drivers.
In many cases, particularly with automobiles, trucks and buses, uneven pavement is not a particularly serious problem. But when a motorcycle is involved, the pavement problem can cause even the safest rider to lose control of his or her bike.
Lack of appropriate traffic signals
The need for a traffic signal, particularly at an intersection, is a function of the nature of the road, as well as the volume of traffic on the route. When the population of an area increases, the need for a new traffic signal may be ignored, endangering motorists, including those on motorcycles.
As a general matter, the problems associated with defective road design, poor maintenance and similar issues present additional dangers when motorcycles are on the road. In many cases, they lead to crashes – and injuries – that are impossible for the rider to avoid.
Injuries in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Because motorcycle riders are exposed, their injuries tend to be much more severe than those that would be found if the vehicles involved were all cars. Beyond that, there are a number of types of injuries that are more common in motorcycle crash victims. And in many cases, wearing a helmet and protective clothing will not spare a rider from suffering a debilitating injury:
Head and neck injuries
These are often the most severe of all motorcycle injuries. The effects could be devastating, and could lead to a brain damage, and even death.
Injuries to the knees, feet and legs are common in motorcycle accidents.
While road rash may not sound all that serious, the injury can be much more significant than a cut, a scrape or a bruise. Medical treatment is often necessary, and one of the biggest risks is infection.
Motorcycle Accident Law Firm in Phoenix, AZ
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future expenses, as well as any permanent injury you have suffered. Insurance companies are in the business of minimizing your damages. At Black Wynn, we are here to maximize your claim. We are experienced personal injury attorneys who will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Your initial consultation is free.
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