3 Common Motorcycle Accidents Caused By Passenger Vehicle Drivers
There are so many things attractive about riding a motorcycle–you get to feel in touch with the open scenery, enjoy the wind across your skin, and have direct power over your vehicle. However, one big downfall of being an avid motorcycle rider is the fact that you are always at risk of being involved in an accident with the driver of a passenger vehicle who is not watching closely enough to avoid a collision. One of your biggest defenses against this fact is educating yourself. Take a look at some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents that are caused by passenger vehicle drivers:
You're stopped as you should be at a stop sign or street light and the next thing you know, you are rear-ended by a vehicle that is far bigger than your own and your bike goes skidding with you on it. Unfortunately, this is a common scenario because it is at stops that many drivers just don't pay enough attention to a smaller vehicle than their own in a line of traffic. While these accidents are not your fault, you can help to prevent the problem by ensuring your tail light is always functional and clearly visible. Try to avoid finding yourself in a large line of traffic when you know there will be stops ahead.
A head-on collision with another vehicle is always one of the more dangerous accidents you can have, but especially if you are on a motorcycle and the other driver is operating a regular car or truck. These accidents often occur when a vehicle in oncoming traffic tries to pass and does not notice a motorcycle is in the opposite lane coming in their direction. Use extra caution anytime you are traveling on a highway that has passing lanes and keep your speed at a rate that will allow you to dodge a vehicle if you see someone barreling down the highway at you.
On any highway or roadway, a motorcycle should be viewed by other drivers as any other vehicle. This means the same rules of the road apply, but all too often a passenger vehicle driver will try to pass you, get around you, or otherwise maneuver their vehicle around yours in situations they should not. This often results in a side-swiping collision that can completely push you off the roadway and cause severe injuries.
Contact a law office like The Jaklitsch Law Group for more information and assistance.