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3 Common Types of Driver Negligence Can That Lead to Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on August 12, 2021 in Car Accidents

TX accident lawyerOf the different types of motor vehicle accidents that can occur, motorcycle crashes are some of the most dangerous. Motorcyclists have little in the way of protection, and if they are struck by a car or truck, they are likely to be seriously injured in the initial impact. They may also suffer additional injuries if they are thrown from their motorcycle and strike the ground, other vehicles, or objects near the road. Unfortunately, motorcyclists are often blamed for collisions, even though an accident is much more likely to be caused by a driver who acted negligently. Victims of motorcycle accidents can protect their rights by working with an attorney who can help them recover compensation from the driver who was responsible for their injuries and damages.

Negligence Leading to Motorcycle Crashes

When drivers do not take the proper care to drive safely, they can put themselves at risk, but they also increase the risks of injuries to others. Motorcyclists may be injured in accidents that occur because of driver negligence such as:

  • Distracted driving - Motorcycles can sometimes be difficult to see, especially for drivers of vehicles with large blind spots, such as SUVs, vans, or trucks. If a driver is not fully paying attention to the road, they may fail to notice a motorcycle traveling near their vehicle, and they may collide with a motorcycle or run it off the road if they do not look before changing lanes or making turns.
  • Drunk driving - The use of alcohol or drugs can drastically impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle safely. Effects of intoxication may include blurred or double vision that may make it more difficult to see motorcycles, increased reaction times that cause a driver to be unable to act in time to avoid colliding with a motorcyclist, or issues with balance and coordination that affect a driver’s ability to control their vehicle safely.
  • Traffic violations - Traffic laws are meant to ensure that vehicles can operate safely and that everyone who uses the road is protected. When drivers violate these laws, they make it more likely that accidents will occur, and certain types of violations increase the chances of motorcyclist injuries. Drivers who exceed the speed limit may be unable to slow down or stop in time to avoid colliding with a motorcycle, and those who follow too closely behind motorcycles may strike a motorcyclist from behind. Motorcyclists may also be injured in collisions that occur when a driver runs a red light or stop sign or makes an illegal turn in front of a motorcycle.

Contact Our Dallas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

If you are a motorcyclist who has been injured in a collision caused by another driver, Attorney Jerry D. Andrews P.C. can help you understand your legal options. We will work to ensure that a negligent driver is held responsible for all of the ways you have been affected, including your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Contact our Irving, TX motorcycle accident attorney at 214-221-5800 to arrange a free consultation today.



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