Motorcycles are becoming more numerous on the back roads, city streets, and even interstate highways of Austin, Texas. With the increase in motorcycles unfortunately comes an increase in motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles can be fun to ride, but the rider takes a significant risk when going out on the road. Even when wearing a helmet, an accident can result in serious injuries and even death.
In many cases, motorcycle accidents occur due to the negligence of vehicle drivers. If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, you may have the right to compensation. Here are 5 common causes of motorcycle accidents that may result in a lawsuit.
- Speeding. When a driver is speeding, especially at a speed that is deemed reckless, they are less likely to notice and have less time to react to other vehicles on the roadway, including motorcycles. Speeding is one of the leading causes of vehicle accidents in general. In the case of a larger vehicle colliding with a motorcycle, the rider is at a distinct disadvantage in terms of safety, as the motorcycle provides no protection from the impact.
- Unsafe lane changes. Motorcycles, being smaller, are more difficult for drivers to see, especially in their blind spot. When a driver changes lanes without noticing a motorcycle in the lane, an accident may occur. This can also happen when a vehicle is merging onto a highway. A driver may even knowingly move over when a motorcycle is in a lane in an attempt to split the lane. However, lane splitting is illegal in many states, including Texas.
- Driving under the influence. If a driver is under the influence of a substance, either alcohol or another drug, they are more likely to cause an accident. DUI or DWI often results in motorcycle accidents as the driver is impaired and less likely to notice a motorcycle on the road, and make other unsafe driving maneuvers.
- Following too close (tailgating). When a driver follows too closely behind a motorcycle and the rider makes a quick stop, an accident is likely to occur. Rear-end collisions with motorcycles often result in serious injury or even death for the rider. Drivers should give motorcycles plenty of room, even more than other vehicles because the risk of injury is greater.
- Left turn accidents. When it comes to left turns in terms of right of way and yielding, drivers often make poor decisions or lack the necessary driving knowledge to make the right decision. Many motorcycle accidents occur because a driver failed to yield to an oncoming motorcycle at a traffic light or at a 4-way stop intersection.
These common causes of motorcycle accidents are just a few of the many. Whatever the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may have a case.
When to File a Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence or actions of someone else, you should file a lawsuit as soon as possible. Contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your case and determine the best course of action.
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents can be severe and life changing. The victim may never have the same quality of life they had before the accident. Victims and their families deserve financial compensation for past and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident is a tragic, devastating experience. You have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible for your loss. A lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, mental and emotional stress, and more.
Get Legal Help From the Law Office of Joel A. Levine
You don’t have to face the consequences of a motorcycle accident alone. You have the right to seek compensation for the devastating results, whether injury or death. Contact the Law Office of Joel A. Levine as soon as possible to take legal action.