Common Causes & Prevention of Motorcycle Riding Accidents

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Causes of motorcycle accidents and collisions.

I am world famous motorcyclist lawyer, Michael Ehline. I am known as the motorcycle rider's friend because I ride and also help assure that riders get the most money possible for motorcycle wrecks. My staff and I helped write this report to forewarn riders about the main causes and common factors leading to motorcycle collisions on the roadways. To being with, it goes without saying that many motorcycle collisions are caused when someone failed to see if the coast was clear before proceeding.

Knowing how and why some common and not so common roadway riding tragedies happen, is the first step in preventing terrible, catastrophic injuries while riding. So below, we discuss some basic defensive riding techniques and causes of external crashes. We also discuss how to avoid and deal with many types of collisions on the California roads.

Causation is an essential element of tort law for you to recover money damages from the defendant (person liable for your wreck and injuries). If the defendant's action or inactions caused or contributed to your riding injury, then the causation standard has been met. But avoiding accidents, or mitigating the losses or potential losses is also part of your job under tort law. Otherwise, you, the rider, can be held partially at fault under California's pure comparative negligence laws.

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Defensive Driving.

Defensive driving must be at a whole different level for bikers. Obviously, the simplest way to stop bad riding habits is to avoid consistently poor riding patterns that form muscle memory. New motorcyclists remain at particular risk for forming terrible riding habits. So great care and vigilance must be exercised before any new riders head out alone on the open highways. Aside from wearing bright clothing and protective riding apparel, inspecting your bike for mechanical problems there are other essential steps to take. For example, warming up the tires, adhering to the California Vehicle Code all important. But riders must take additional steps to ensure their own safety and the safety of other motorists sharing the roads.

One way to develop good defensive driving habits is to understand the major causes of riding accidents, when and where they happen most often. As discussed, statistics show that 3 out of 4 motorcycle riding accidents involve passenger vehicles. The greatest amount of cited motorcycle accidents happen at intersections.

Intersection accidents include T-boning and left-hand turn crashes that are usually related to inattentive automobile drivers. Sometimes vehicle operators drive while eating fast foods, stuffing their faces instead of paying attention. And newly-minted or teen drivers still learning are notorious for ignoring other drivers and not paying attention to motorcyclists.

Most Motorcycle Crashes Are At Low Speed.

First of all, driving at night, or night time driving places drivers at a statistically greater chance of death or serious injury while driving. And most hit and run accidents involving motorists, and motorcycles in particular, take place in the evening. Most crashes involving bikers 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. One of the reasons lane sharing is legal is to keep riders moving forward, which can help prevent riders from being rear-ended. But as discussed, low-speed intersection accidents remain a big problem.

Distracted Driving And Motorcycle Accidents.

Are Motorcycle Riders At Higher Risk Than Traditional Cars For Distraction Related Collisions?

Distracted car drivers and motorcycle riders are an enormous threat on the road. Between young people speaking to their friends, drivers on their phones, and other major distractions, they are a leading cause of road deaths. So distracted driving crashes and fatalities are rising. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, over 3,000 people were killed by distracted drivers in 2014. With cell phones increasingly ubiquitous, this issue will only grow.

Two-wheeled vehicles are at a severe disadvantage when faced with a larger, heavier car, as will be discussed.

What are the Risks to Motorcyclists From Distracted Vehicles?

Because of the nature of motorcycles, the potential for serious injury or death due to distracted drivers is sharply higher. Being aware of surroundings is a major plus for riders. But only one part of the puzzle is solved by the rider paying attention.

Many things can distract car drivers. And these drivers are a clear and present danger to bikers on the roads. Because of this, distracted driving is nearly on par with drunk driving as a cause of injury and death. One of the significant differences is that many distracted drivers don't realize they're doing it.

Many car operators use cell phones as though it were second nature. Larger vehicles, including SUVs, are a considerable threat to bikers. Their sheer size and weight make serious injury far more likely. Furthermore, young people make up a significant share of distracted drivers.

Teens and new drivers are less experienced. They cause accidents at increased rates. Motorcyclists are over 30 times more likely to die due to crashes than car and truck drivers. Distracted driving will not go away anytime soon. So this is where proper riding technique is so important. It could even save a life. Motorcyclists are an integral part of traffic. Their rights and privileges should be respected, as does everyone else's.

If you or a family member were injured from distracted driving, don't leave anything to chance. Call or email Ehline Law today to set up a free appointment to discuss your legal options. Our team is at the ready and works on contingency. We don't ask for a penny unless we recover for you. We will travel anywhere in the state to discuss your case with you.

DWI/DUI Drivers.

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 to look out for swerving vehicles and to stay out of their blind spots. A cushion of space is the order of the day for vigilant riders.

Wearing Protective Gear.

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. Degloving will often occur in severe cases. 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.

Solo Vehicle Crashes.

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 in accidents have already 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.

What Are Some Other External Causes of Riding Accidents?

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:

Can Motorcycle Safety Training Make A Difference?

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.

Attorneys Can Help Answer Questions.

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 the 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 anyway.  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.