Motorcycles are as fun as they are dangerous, and even if riders take all reasonable safety precautions, they can still find themselves in collisions with other vehicles. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the number of motorcycle injuries decreased from 2014 to 2015, but the number of fatalities increased.
The III reports that 88,000 motorcyclists sustained injuries and 4,976 riders died in 2015. The vast majority of these accidents involved human errors such as negligently changing lanes, driving while distracted, or speeding.
If you were injured in a motorcycle crash that a negligent driver caused, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages. A personal injury attorney from The Finnell Firm can help you pursue the maximum payout. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a consultation with an Atlanta accident lawyer.
Read on to learn about five of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes:
1. Changing Lanes
All passenger vehicles have blind spots, and motorcycles are so small that drivers might not see them when changing lanes. According to RideApart, cars changing lanes is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
In a perfect world, drivers would always be on the lookout for bikers, especially when changing lanes, but you cannot rely on others to ensure your safety. Instead, try to minimize the amount of time you spend riding in other vehicles' blind spots. Also, watch out for turn signals, and be cautious when drivers turn their heads because this indicates that they are about to change lanes.
2. Car Doors Opening
Motorcyclists should never ride alongside a row of parked cars. Doing so is common in metropolises like Atlanta, but if one of the car doors opens suddenly, the motorcyclist could crash into it, resulting in serious injuries and even death.
3. Poor Road Conditions
Gravel, sand, and water are all serious hazards for motorcyclists. Due to their two-wheeled structure, motorcycles are likely to lose traction on slick roads, and hitting a patch of gravel after rounding a blind corner could cause the bike to skid. If the road conditions are unsafe, it's best to avoid riding entirely.
4. Lane Splitting
Lane splitting refers to riders snaking between two lanes of slow-moving traffic. Because motorists do not anticipate motorcyclists doing this, it often results in collisions. Under Georgia law, lane splitting is illegal, so motorcyclists who sustain serious injuries doing so may not be able to file a claim.
Speeding is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle crashes. When you are speeding, whether on a bike or in a car, you have less time to react to unexpected hazards. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding contributed to 28 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014.
If you sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle crash caused by a negligent driver, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. An accident lawyer from The Finnell Firm will gather evidence, interview witnesses, handle correspondence with the insurance company, and help you fight for the maximum payout.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with an Atlanta personal injury attorney. You can learn more about motorcycle accident claims in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.