Most motorbike owners in America would tell you about the thrill of getting their bike out on the road and opening it up. It offers a sense of freedom you just don’t get with driving a car. Another thing motorcyclists would tell you is that you have to have eyes and ears everywhere.
Motorcycle accidents can happen in an instant and have devastating consequences for all involved. But why do they happen?
It’s harder for other drivers to see motorcyclists
“I just didn’t see them,” and, “They came out of nowhere.” These are common statements made by drivers who find themselves in crashes with motorbikes. They can appear almost invisible to car and truck drivers until it’s too late.
As bikes move at such high speed and are so much smaller than other vehicles on the road they often sit in a driver’s blind spot or approach much quicker than expected. If a driver fails to check their blind spot or doesn’t do so often enough, a crash can happen in the blink of an eye.
The driver of the car was distracted
There are many things that can cause a driver of another vehicle to become distracted.
Texting or taking a call, drinking and talking to passengers can all result in a driver taking their eyes off the road and missing an approaching motorcyclist. When a car driver is distracted, they’re more likely to make risky maneuvers such as switching lanes without paying proper due care and attention – and that can put them on a collision course with a motorcyclist.
In 2020, the highest number of motorcycle accidents ever was recorded. Injured riders are often left with catastrophic, life-changing injuries ranging from broken bones to traumatic brain damage. If you have found yourself injured due to the inattention of another driver you’re entitled to take action for the losses you’ve suffered.