Thousands of Texas residents like to take their motorcycles out for a spin. Unfortunately, this form of transportation is notoriously dangerous, especially for inexperienced riders. By learning how to avoid the most common types of motorcycle accidents, riders can greatly reduce their risk of injury.
Common types of motorcycle accidents
Collisions can be caused by inattention on the part of the motorcyclist or a nearby driver. Here are the five most common causes of motorcycle accidents:
- Vehicles turning left in front of a motorcycle
- Motorcycle tires sliding on loose gravel
- Motorcycle entering corners too fast
- Vehicles changing lanes into a motorcycle
- Vehicle striking a motorcycle from behind
Motorcyclists are at higher risk of sustaining serious injuries in an accident. But there are certain steps riders can take to help prevent such crashes:
Always remain alert and be ready to take evasive action at any moment. When stopped at intersections, try to use other cars and trucks as barriers to reduce your risk of being struck by careless drivers. Additionally, enter corners slowly to avoid losing control of your bike. If a collision appears imminent, remain upright on your bike and apply both brakes. Finally, remember to wear a helmet, protective equipment and reflective clothing each time you hit the road.
Why contact an attorney?
Victims of motorcycle collisions can suffer severe injuries that require long-term medical care. A personal injury attorney may be able to fight for a victim’s rights and file a personal injury lawsuit on their behalf. If the claim is successful, the victim may be awarded a settlement that covers current and future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, property loss and other related damages.
In cases where a motorcycle rider is killed in a collision, legal counsel may recommend filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s family. This could lead to a settlement that covers funeral and burial expenses, lost income, loss of companionship and more.