There are so many things to love about a motorcycle but unfortunately there are also things to worry about. For example, they are smaller and harder to see than cars, and the rider is more exposed in the event of an accident. This means that when a motorcycle accident occurs, the rider has a much higher chance of serious injury than they would if they were in a car.
For this reason, it is essential that everyone who gets on a motorcycle is as careful as they can possibly be every time they get on a motorcycle. Here are three of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents along with options to prevent them. If you have already been injured in this type of accident and are seeking a personal injury attorney, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free consultation.
- Cars Turning Left in Front of Motorcycles
- Hitting Gravel When Going Around a Corner
- A Car Switches into Your Lane
The most common motorcycle accident in Phoenix is the left turn accident. This generally involves the driver not noticing you were there, or not correctly judging the distance between you and them when they turned in front of you.
The way you can prevent this is to think ahead. Even when you have the legal right of way, you should still yield if a car is not giving it to you. Watch for signs that the driver is going to turn left when they should not, or if they are going to try to turn into a gap. Make eye contact with them when possible so that they will notice you.
There might be nothing more terrifying to a rider than coming around a corner and realizing there is a patch of gravel on the other end. This can cause an immediate wipe out, which can lead to very serious injuries. To prevent this, make sure you slow down considerably any time you are going into a turn and you cannot see what is around the corner. Remember the tried and true rule about taking corners: “slow in and fast out.”
This happens all too often: a motorcycle is riding along, following the law, when a car veers into their lane. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for a motorcycle to be hidden within the blind spot of another car. Besides, most car drivers do not even think to look for motorcycles. You can avoid this situation by not spending a second longer in a car’s blind spot than is necessary. How do you know you are in one? If you cannot see the eyes of a driver in their side mirror, then they cannot see you.
Of course, there is no way to prevent 100% of accidents. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, please contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 to find out what your legal options are.