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What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Get answers from attorney Zach Herschensohn

Thousands of riders are injured and killed every year in motorcycle crashes, and the sad reality is many of these accidents are avoidable. Attorney Zach Herschensohn has seen firsthand the devastation a motorcycle wreck can cause on a physical, emotional, and financial level. That’s why it’s so important to understand why and how motorcycle accidents happen. The more information we have, the more prepared we can be to avoid a serious collision.

Have you been injured in a motorcycle crash? Let attorney Zach Herschensohn fight to get you maximum compensation. The Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC has won millions in settlements and verdicts for injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area and knows how to build a strong case that won’t be ignored. Contact us today for your free consultation.

The primary causes of motorcycle accidents

While some motorcycle wrecks happen due to the actions of the rider, the majority of motorcycle accidents occur because of the negligent and careless behavior of others. Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Distracted driving: Texting and driving has become a nationwide epidemic, and it is by far the most dangerous form of distracted driving. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars and trucks, bikers are particularly vulnerable to being hit by distracted drivers. After all, how could someone possibly notice a motorcyclist approaching their blind spot or slowing down to make a turn if their face is buried in a phone? Other distractions include eating and drinking, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio or GPS, talking with passengers, and personal grooming.
  • Speeding: Someone who is driving over the speed limit may not notice a smaller motorcycle on the road or have enough time to react to avoid a collision.
  • Failure to yield: Common when making a left-hand turn, some drivers pull right out into the path of an unsuspecting motorcyclist, giving the rider zero chance of avoiding a bad accident.
  • Impaired or drunk driving: Someone who is drunk or high does not have the same reaction time as someone who isn’t driving under the influence, meaning the impaired driver is more at risk of causing a collision with a motorcyclist.
  • Reckless driving: Whether it’s making unsafe lane changes, tailgating, or illegal passing, a reckless driver is in jeopardy of crashing into a motorcyclist and causing severe injury.
  • New drivers: Someone who is new to driving and doesn’t have a lot of experience is more likely to take risks, break the rules of the road, and drive more recklessly than a more seasoned driver. Inexperienced drivers can be unsafe and are more likely to cause a collision with a motorcyclist compared to someone who has been driving a lot longer.
  • Dooring: When someone inside a stopped vehicle opens a door into the path of an unsuspecting motorcyclist, the results can be devastating for the rider and any of their passengers.
  • Manufacturer defects: Whether you’re a Harley-Davidson enthusiast or a sport bike aficionado, you put your trust into motorcycle manufacturers every time you go out for a ride. Sometimes motorcycles have faulty designs or defects that can lead to mechanical failure and contribute to a crash. It’s also possible for a mechanical defect in another vehicle to cause a crash with a motorcycle, such as a car rear-ending a bike when its brakes fail. Common defects include:
    • Engine failure
    • Bad throttle response
    • Brake failure
    • Frame stability
    • Electrical problems
    • Gas leaks
    • Faulty wheels and tires
    • Unsafe design
  • Hazardous road conditions: Bad road conditions are more dangerous to motorcyclists than other drivers because the rider is more at risk of being ejected from their motorcycle compared to a driver sitting inside their car. Loose gravel, potholes, uneven pavement, slick roads, dead animals, and road debris can all contribute to a motorcycle crash.

Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can win your case

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle crash, it’s critical to act fast to protect your rights. You don’t want to miss out on the compensation you deserve, and you certainly don’t want the insurance company to place blame on you for the crash. Unfortunately, this is a far too common scenario for a lot of injured motorcyclists.

Let our law firm take control. Attorney Zach Herschensohn knows how to build a strong case on your behalf that will show the insurance company you’re serious about getting the compensation you’re entitled to. Best of all – we work on a contingency fee basis. That means you don’t pay anything unless we win. It’s that simple. See what Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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