While riding a motorcycle can be very fun, there’s also a level of inherent risk that comes with stepping on a bike. Motorcycle accidents are very common - in fact, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to die in crashes than drivers or passengers in a car.
However, this doesn’t mean that motorcyclists are always at fault for these accidents. Most motorcycle accidents occur through the negligent actions of other motorists. As a result, many motorcycle riders are hurt in fatal motorcycle crashes. As Anaheim motorcycle accident lawyers, we help our clients get the compensation they deserve if they are involved in a motorcycle crash.
There are many different reasons why countless motorcycle accidents happen in the United States. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes, how to prevent them, and what to do if you’re involved in a crash.
Cars often collide with motorcycles during left-hand turns. This often happens because the driver either cannot see the motorcyclist, or they aren’t paying attention to the road. Drivers are supposed to yield to existing traffic when turning left. However, many drivers misjudge the speed of cyclists, resulting in fatal motorcycle accidents.
Road hazards are another common cause of motorcycle accidents. Debris is often left on the road after a storm or a car accident. Road construction can also leave debris in the road. Because motorcycles are much smaller than cars, they are more likely to lose control when they hit a hazard on the road. This can result in fatal accidents.
Speeding and Swerving
When motorcyclists ride recklessly, it can result in very dangerous accidents. Cars that are speeding or otherwise breaking the rules of the road can also lead to accidents with motorcyclists.
It can be very tempting to speed while riding a motorcycle, especially when the road is empty. However, driving too fast can make it impossible to avoid obstacles when they come up. Many motorcyclists will also ride in between lanes during periods of heavy traffic. This practice is called lane splitting and is legal in some states, including California, but it can be very dangerous when it isn’t done carefully.
Sometimes speeding may lead to head on collisions, which can result in severe or fatal injuries. Moreover, if a driver doesn’t see you coming up behind them in between the lanes, it can very quickly lead to a motorcycle accident. No matter how much of a rush you may be in, it is important to be aware of the other drivers around you.
Driving/Riding Under The Influence
Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can hinder your ability to ride a motorcycle or drive a car. Many motorcycle accidents happen either because the rider was under the influence or someone driving a car was under the influence and hit them. Driving under the influence may impair the driver's senses and cause motorcycle collisions, including hit and run accidents.
How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents as a Motorcycle Rider
Unfortunately, there’s always a chance that a motorcycle accident could happen while you are out on the road. However, there are things that you can do to prevent most motorcycle accidents from happening while you are riding.
The first and most important step is to ride safely. Avoid speeding or swerving, and if you do need to ride between lanes, make sure to do so very carefully. Never ride under the influence - even if you’ve only had one drink, it could impair your ability to make smart decisions on the road.
It’s also very important to check your route before you head out for a ride. Look online to see if there is any construction on your planned route, or if there are any crashes that have been slowing down traffic. Be willing to change your route if you notice any issues out on the road. It’s also important to always have a backup method of transportation in case of inclement weather.
What To Do After a Motorcycle Accident
The moments after a motorcycle accident can feel very overwhelming. The first thing to do is call 911, or have someone call for you if you are not able to call yourself. Even if you don’t think you are injured, it is still very important to get examined by a medical professional. You will also need to talk to the police and get a copy of the police report later.
If you can, move to the side of the road and get out of the way of traffic. Collect contact and insurance information from other parties involved in the accident, but do not discuss the accident or admit fault. If your phone is available and working, take photos or videos of the crash site, as these can be helpful later on.
If you were not at fault in your motorcycle accident in Anaheim, you could be entitled to compensation. Our personal injury lawyers can help you navigate complex motorcycle accident claims and file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact Katella Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with an Anaheim motorcycle accident lawyer.