Common Reasons for Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents happen for a variety of reasons. In many cases, the fault belongs to the operator of another vehicle such as a passenger car or a truck. Often, the accident is because of the failure of the passenger car driver to see or even look for the motorcycle. Many times the motorcycle driver is too aggressive. Sometimes, the motorcycle driver is just too inexperienced. Sometimes, the elements and the roads cause the accident. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, a motorcycle accident lawyer will work to determine the cause of the accident because showing fault–as well as the absence of fault on the part of the rider—is required in many states, including Virginia and North Carolina. These are just some of the many factors that can contribute to motorcycle accidents.

Passenger cars and trucks

  • It’s tougher to see the motorcycle in the rear view mirror because the motorcycle is smaller and takes up less of a lane than bigger vehicles
  • Some larger vehicle owners just don’t look for the motorcycle when turning in an intersection because they’re focused on looking for cars
  • Some larger vehicle operators assume the motorcycle driver can easily navigate his or her way out of a jam
  • Passenger cars/trucks may not leave enough room when passing a motorcycle because they can’t gage the proper distances

Failure of the motorcycle operator

  • Speeding is a major cause of motorcycle accidents
  • Most states only allow for at most two motorcycles in one lane. Riding three abreast is dangerous.
  • Inexperience when riding in a pack or making a turn can cause a motorcycle accident

Other factors

Most of these factors are easy for cars and trucks to handle. For a motorcycle operator, they can be deadly:

  • Bad weather
  • Potholes
  • Oil Spills
  • Bad paving
  • Road debris

Learn More by Contacting a Norfolk Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Knowing the reasons motorcycle accidents happen is important, because showing fault is part of any strong personal injury case. A skilled Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyer, like Joe Miller of Joe Miller Law, Ltd., will make sure the cause of his client’s accident is properly investigated and analyzed by skilled engineers and experts, if circumstance require such an investigation. Learn more about how Joe Miller can help you pursue justice in your motorcycle accident case by calling us today at (888) 694-1671.