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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley have helped countless injury victims and their loved ones in their time of legal need. If you have been injured in the greater Sacramento area, our lawyers will be there for you. Motorcycle accidents can be particularly deadly, resulting in catastrophic injury.

Below are some common causes of motorcycle accidents that our attorneys often see.

Excessive Speed

Speeding while you are driving a motorcycle is a common cause of serious motor vehicle collisions. When a motorcyclist speeds, he or she may lose control of the motorcycle, or may run the risk of colliding with another vehicle that is traveling slower or swerves as a sudden reaction to the approaching motorcycle.

Reckless Driving

Related to speeding, reckless driving and similar kinds of risky behaviors can also cause a motorcycle accident to occur. This includes behaviors such as frequent lane changes, lane splitting at high speeds, and weaving around vehicles in an erratic manner.

Drunk Driving

If you drive while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, your decision-making skills and reflexes are seriously impaired, which means that experiencing an accident of some kind is far more likely. Never drive or allow a loved one to drive while drunk or after using a controlled substance.

Inattentive Motorists

Motorcycles have a tendency to be struck because of inattentive motorists adjacent to the motorcycle. In such cases, a driver of a car or truck may not check his/her blind spots, resulting in a serious injury to the motorcyclist. When driving a motorcycle, it's important that motorcyclists do their best to remain seen by other drivers.

Vehicle Errors and Defects

Sometimes the issue has nothing to do with driver error and everything to do with the vehicle. When a motorcycle or a motorcycle part is poorly designed or defective in some way, it's more likely for an accident to occur. Examples of this include bad tires, faulty brakes, poor steering, and so forth. In these cases, the vehicle manufacturer or the maker of the defective auto part should be held accountable for the accident occurring.

Poor Road Conditions

A bad road can be deadly in general to motorists, but it can be especially deadly for motorcyclists given the nature of the vehicle. Potholes, debris on the road, and tight turns can be a real hazard for motorcyclists.

Inclement Weather

As with poor road conditions, bad weather can be a hazard to motorcyclists. Wet roads and fog can be an especially bad hazard. When possible, do your best to avoid riding your motorcycle during bad weather and travel only when the weather is good.

Learn More About Your Legal Rights Following a Motorcycle Accident

If you would like to learn more about your various legal options following a serious motorcycle accident, it's important that you contact our team of personal injury lawyers today. The entire team at the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley will help you and your loved ones in your time of legal need.