The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that most motorcycle accidents happen on non-interstate roadways, usually at intersections. There are many circumstances that may increase the likelihood of these collisions.
They may include:
- The density of traffic
- Motorists failing to yield to the right-of-way
- Distracted driving
- Driver intoxication
- Improper lane changes
The fact of the matter is that motorcycle accidents can happen anywhere at any time. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you could recover compensation for your damages.
Top Contributors to Motorcycle Accidents
The NHTSA reports that most motor vehicle crashes are the result of driver error, with over 94% of all accidents resulting from this factor. The U.S. General Services Administration of Motor Vehicle Management seconds the NHTSA’s findings; they allege that 98% of collisions can be traced back to things like speeding, distracted driving, drowsiness, and tailgating.
However, driver error is not the only thing that can lead to motorcycle accidents.
Some other causes include:
Inclement Weather Conditions
Driving in rain, snow, or fog is hard, even for the most experienced motorists. It can be even more difficult for motorcyclists because they do not have any protection from the elements. Slick roads can cause motorcyclists to skid or lose control of their bikes.
Poor Vehicular Maintenance
All motorists, regardless of the vehicles they drive, have an obligation to maintain their vehicles. This means regularly getting oil changes, tire rotations, and regular tune-ups. Failure to do so could make them liable if their vehicle’s malfunction harms another road user.
Poor Roadway Design
All roadways must be built with users’ safety in mind. Uneven pavement, obscured signs, potholes, and other related factors can make a street unsafe.
There could be other contributing factors to a motorcycle accident beyond those listed here.
Possible At-Fault Parties in a Motorcycle Accident Case
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash, you may have questions regarding who could have caused your accident. While this will depend on the circumstances of your collision, some at-fault parties in your case may include:
Not all motorists keep an eye out for motorcyclists. When this happens, they can be held financially accountable for victims’ losses.
A Government Department
The government is responsible for keeping roads safe. When it designs or constructs a road that leads to accidents, the government could be held responsible.
There could be other parties responsible for your motorcycle accident than those listed here.
We Can Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Case
It doesn’t matter where most motorcycle accidents happen; it only matters where yours happened. The cause of your accident will play an important role in the progression of your personal injury case. Proving the cause of your accident could be difficult to do on your own; however, we can do this for you.
They can prove the cause of your accident by:
Reviewing Traffic Camera Footage
Your collision may have been captured by traffic camera footage. If so, we can subpoena this footage and identify any contributors to your accident.
Other people may have seen your accident happen. If so, they can provide testimony as to how your accident occurred. For instance, if another person can verify that the other motorist was speeding, this information could supplement your case.
Consulting with Accident Reconstruction Specialists
Accident reconstruction specialists use a combination of simulators, physics, and math to determine the cause of collisions. They can identify the factors in your case that led to your accident.
Photos of the Accident Scene
When you look at a picture of a car accident, you may just see a wreck and nothing else. However, a trained eye may be able to spot a lot more. Debris on the roadway can give clues into the point of impact.
Bernstein & Poisson Can Help You
Following a motorcycle accident, you do not need to go through the financial recovery process without help. We can help you seek financial recovery for:
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Medical bills
- Property damage expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You can begin a no-obligation case review at no cost. We encourage you to ask how we use our 60 years of combined experience to recover compensation for our clients. To begin, dial (702) 633-3333.