Motorcycle accidents are exponentially more dangerous for the motorcycle rider than for other
vehicles involved. Even a collision involving only the motorcycle and
the environment can cause severe injuries to the rider. In order to keep
the road safer, either for yourself as a motorcyclist or for riders near
your vehicle, it may help to understand some of the top causes of motorcycle
accidents in New York City and around the country.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents, determined from collective federal
data and records, include:
Left-hand turns: Motorists making a left through an intersection can frequently forget to
check for oncoming automobiles; checking for an oncoming motorcycle with
its smaller size is even rarer.
Lane splitting: When a motorcycle rides between cars, despite there being no official lane
to do so, this is called lane splitting and is incredibly dangerous. The
slightest maneuver from one of the adjacent cars can knock the motorcycle
into other lanes or oncoming traffic. If traffic is stopped, a driver
might pop open their door for fresh air, causing the motorcyclist to crash
right into it.
Poorly-maintained roads: When a car hits a crack in the asphalt or some loose gravel, the driver
can feel some of their control over the vehicle slip away for a second.
For a motorcyclist, the same hazard may make them spill out entirely since
two wheels offer far less stability and traction.
Speeding: Owners of racing or “street” cycles are notorious for using
them to speed down alleys or around turns. Just as in any vehicle, speeding
is never a good idea and puts everyone at risk, whether they be the rider
or the people nearby. Do not forget to slow your speed during inclement
Hopefully this knowledge will allow you to avoid a collision in the future.
If you are still hurt in a motorcycle accident despite your best efforts,
and you believe someone else might be to blame, a
personal injury lawsuit might be possible to help you win a fair recovery from the negligent party.
Contact our New York City motorcycle accident attorneys from Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today for more information.
Or you can call
(646) 461-4009 to request a
no-cost case evaluation.