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Common reasons for motorcycle crashes

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | News, Personal Injury |

Motorcyclists should exercise caution when riding on Indiana roads. Motorcyclists who commit moving violations risk getting involved in an accident. Of course, even motorcyclists who operate their bikes with safety in mind could become the victim of a reckless driver. So, it might be best for motorcyclists and car, truck and SUV drivers to learn the common reasons for collisions and how to avoid them.

Motorcycle accident causes

Motorcyclists may appreciate powerful motors and the ability to hit high speeds. However, speeding presents risks, and motorcyclists should follow posted limits. Motorcyclists should adjust their speed to make turns safely. Turning a corner too fast could lead to a collision if the motorcyclist loses control of the bike or hits the brakes too fast and skids. The motorcycle may hit pedestrians or vehicles when a corner turn leads to a collision.

Motorcyclists benefit from being mindful of road conditions. Slick surfaces or streets filled with potholes present hazards. Motorcyclists should be mindful of parked cars, as a driver or passenger’s door may swing open without warning, and a bike could hit it.

Motorcyclist negligence

Operating a motorcycle under the influence of alcohol or drugs increases the chances of a collision tremendously. Motorcycle accidents caused by intoxicated drivers might result in fatalities and subsequent wrongful death lawsuits. A motorcyclist could also cause an accident by becoming distracted. Paying attention to the road and the safe operation of the bike should be a priority.

And yes, motorcyclists could be the victim of a drunk or distracted driver. The motorcyclist may have a legal claim against the negligent party in such situations. Automobile or motorcycle liability insurance might cover losses from bodily harm or property damage. However, victims might seek punitive damages in cases where the negligent party was exceptionally reckless. Punitive damages might not be covered under the policy’s terms, so it could be necessary to seek an award in court.