Common Causes of Riding Accidents
Table of Contents:
- Defensive Driving
- Low-Speed Crashes
- DUI Drivers
- Protective Gear
- Solo Crashes
- Significance of Rider Experience in Accidents
- External Causes of Injuries
- Safety Training
- Attorneys Can Help Answer Questions
Defensive driving must be at a whole different level for bikers. And for a good reason. As discussed, most accidents between autos and riders involve passenger vehicles. Statistics say that 3 out of 4 mishaps harming bikers on the roads are from other vehicles they share the roads with. The greatest amount of cited accidents happens at intersections.
Of these, most occur at 30 miles per hour, or slower and were still unavoidable. Some sources indicate that many riders are leery of using their front brakes, for fear of flipping the bike. But consistently counting on the rear brake, drastically increases the risk of fishtailing.
Intoxicated drivers snuff the life out of riders all the time. These irresponsible evil-doers account for a large percentage of deaths and capable of causing many grim injuries. It could be drugs or alcohol. Either way, riders must be especially vigilant.
A major problem fallen riders face, is road rash and friction burns, as well as cuts and other abrasions to the knees, hands, and elbows. Thick armored riding jackets, leather pants, chaps, strengthened gloves, steel toe boots, and other clothing save lives. As a matter of fact, along with a D.O.T. approved helmet, gear drastically increases your chances of living.
Approximately 1/4 of motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle (only the bike itself). Of those, 2/3 of single-vehicle wrecks are attributable to the negligence of the rider. The biggest cause of these solo crashes remains sliding out. The main reason for solo wrecks is typically improper use of the vehicle's brakes. Next on the list would be driving way too fast. For example, what happens when riders take corners at an unsafe speed for the weather and other road conditions?
What is the Significance of Rider Experience?
The experienced rider is not strictly speaking, at less risk. Most riders have been traversing the highways for around three years or so. Also, over half of motorcycle collisions take place with novice riders who have about five months of riding experience. But an experienced rider on a new bike is at much greater risk than if he or she were enjoying their old bike.
Sometimes injuries may be caused by an external problem that may or may not have to with the rider or another vehicle operator's negligence. Nonrider negligence created scenarios that cause harm, are typically from a poor motorcycle braking system, defective, leaking tires, animal strikes, such as a bird or bugs hitting a rider in the face, inclement weather and oil slicks. (See more below).
Also, most riders have heard stories about road ragers intentionally targeting riders who engage in the legal activity of "lane splitting," as another example.
Besides lack of experience, the most common causes of Los Angeles, California motorcycle accidents are as follows:
- Motorcycle Lane Splitting Incidents.
- Driving Drunk or Intoxicated.
- Left-Hand Turn Accidents.
- Single Vehicle Collisions.
- Open Car Door Injuries.
- Motorcycle Defects.
- Head-on Collisions.
- Sudden Stops.
- Hit and Runs.
- Bad Weather.
- Cold Tires.
Yes, safety training helps inexperienced and veteran riders to understand and prepare for the worst kids of dangerous riding scenarios. And this is back up by statistics that say motorcycle rider safety training increases the risk of survival for a rider. Knowing how to fall, or surf the bike to a stop can significantly increase the chances of making it out alive when there is a wreck.
Above all, most falls and spills on motorcycles cause injuries. In fact, one-half or so of these are not significant. So that means the rider can usually walk away and take his or her lumps. But the other half of the story is deaths, funerals, or long hospital stays.
Most of all, injury claims usually are a long and complicated process. And insurance companies, as well as recreational parks, tend to employ a vast army of attorneys and claims adjusters dedicated to protecting their interests. So from prospective plaintiff's perspective, you have no choice but to hire a great lawyer. But how do you know who to hire if you get involved in a terrible ATV crash?
The answer is that when the accident is caused by the negligence of another person, Ehline Law will firmly deal with both of these professionals on your behalf. After all, these adversaries are paid and trained to make your claim go away for the least amount of money possible. Contacting an experienced accident attorney like Michael Ehline levels the prospective plaintiff's playing field to get the most money possible.
And the tenacious attorneys at Ehline Law Firm will represent you with the utmost vim and vigor; we will do all things in our power to ensure your rights remain protected. So we go the extra mile to take steps to keep you from being left holding the bag after a bad ATV crash. After all, it wasn't your fault anyways. Contact us today for a free consultation and find out how Ehline Law Firm can assist you at(213) 596-9642. Learn how to get money from a pro.