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Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

In order to take legal action after a motorcycle accident, it must be shown that some sort of negligent action occurred so as to prove liability. This means showing that the driver who was responsible for the crash was responsible for doing something that would compromise the safety of all others on the road.

Recognizing the most common causes of motorcycle accidents can help those injured understand potential liability. This knowledge can help you pursue legal action against a specific party for the role they played in causing the accident—and the injury.

Most Common Causes

  • Merging without looking: Many instances of motorcycle accidents occur when people get cut off, either because a driver doesn’t look or doesn’t signal his or her attention to merge lanes. There are also situations when motorcyclists can be in a driver’s blind spot, and the vehicle merging can sideswipe the rider, causing him or her to lose control and crash.
  • Car doors opening: When an individual is in a parked car with their door closest to the road, they must look to ensure no vehicles (including motorcycles) are approaching.  When they open their car door into an oncoming rider, there can be disastrous results.
  • Drivers speeding: Speeding is one of the most common causes of all types of accidents, including those involving motorcycles. It’s easy to lose control or fail to stop in time when traveling at a high rate of speed, and this type of accident can result in catastrophic damages for the motorcyclist.
  • Drunk driving: Much like any kind of motor vehicle accident, if a driver is operating his or her vehicle while intoxicated, it can lead to a serious crash. When this involves a motorcyclist, the damages can be devastating.
  • Sudden stops: Many individuals involved in auto accidents feel as though the person in the back is always at fault. What happens when someone suddenly stops for no reason? The person in the back can be considered the victim, and when that individual is a motorcyclist, this type of impact can lead to serious injuries.
  • Left-turn crashes: These types of crashes are far too common and often result in severe injuries. Left-turn crashes can occur in multiple ways. A motorcyclist may be turning and a vehicle speeds up to make the light, crashing into the motorcyclist; or, the motorist thinks they have time to turn in front of a motorcyclist and turns in front of the rider. Either instance can be damaging to a motorcyclist.
  • Blind spot dangers: Drivers must check blind spots before merging into another lane. Without doing so, they put other motorists—specifically motorcyclists—at risk of sideswipe accidents.

How Our San Jose Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help

At Caputo & Van Der Walde, our San Jose motorcycle accident attorneys are ready to protect your rights, presenting your needs and best interests in a manner that advocates the need for compensation. Trust us to pursue the justice you need from start to finish.

Call us today at (800) 900-0863.