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3 common motorcycle accident types

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In the spring, motorcycle accidents are much more common than they are during the winter. This certainly has a lot to do with the fact that more bikes are on the road and other drivers simply aren’t expecting them or looking for them. Many of these drivers make mistakes that cause crashes, and it is often the motorcyclists who suffer from serious injuries as a result.

To help you avoid these types of accidents, we have detailed three of the most common kinds of motorcycle crashes. Keep them in mind so that you can avoid hazards on the road now that spring has sprung.

A car merges into your lane

Unfortunately, many drivers forget to check their blind spots before merging. Even if they do check, they may not see a motorcycle due to its small size. To compound this problem, drivers sometimes change lanes without using their blinkers, so a motorcyclist does not have any warning.

A car turns left in front of you

One of the most common accidents is when drivers turn left in front of motorcycles. The motorcyclist has the right of way in this scenario. As a driver has to turn through those oncoming lanes, it’s up to them to determine when they have enough space to do so safely. But, if the driver makes an inaccurate analysis of the situation and turns at the wrong time, the motorcyclist can strike the side of the vehicle as the vehicle turns.

A driver drifts over the centerline

Distracted drivers often swerve within their lanes, just like drunk drivers do. They sometimes drift entirely into oncoming lanes. They may be relying on their peripheral vision to warn them if another vehicle is approaching. Because a motorcycle is so much smaller than a pickup truck or a passenger car, a driver may not see a bike. Even if they just drift over the line for a second or two, that can be enough to cause a severe accident.

Do you need to seek compensation?

Motorcycle accidents are likely to injure riders, even when they’re wearing a helmet. If you are facing high medical bills and other costs due to someone else’s negligence, be sure you know how to seek financial compensation.