Types of motorcycles vary, from mopeds to off-road motorcycles, two or three-wheeled bikes, scooters, and even pocket bikes. The accidents undergone by motorists with these bikes range from minor to catastrophic. Motorcycle drivers are particularly at risk because they are exposed while riding the vehicle, making them more susceptible to damage than drivers of traditional passenger vehicles.
Over the years, motorcycle traffic has steadily increased. With more motorcycles on already high-trafficked roads, it’s essential to understand the types of crashes between passenger vehicles and motorcycles alike. Contact our Costa Mesa personal injury lawyers in case you need their help.
Are Other Vehicles the Biggest Threat?
Read-end collisions are one of the most commonly occurring motorcycle accidents on the road today. Simply put, a rear-end collision is when one motorist hits the back of a vehicle with the front of their motorcycle. There are nearly 1.7 million rear-end collisions that occur in the US every year, despite being highly preventable. Rear-end accidents can result in minor “fender bender” damage or completely total a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 87% percent of rear-end collisions happen because the driver simply wasn’t not sufficiently paying attention to the road. Motorcyclists should especially be aware of this, considering they are exposed on their vehicles and are more susceptible to being severely hurt.
Sideswipes are another frequently occurring accident involving motorcyclists on the road. This type of accident occurs when a motorcyclist attempts to pass a driver who does not consider the motorcyclists’ speed, or does not notice the motorcyclist, as they tend to be less visible on the road. It can be difficult to determine fault in a sideswipe accident. When this is the case, the common-law doctrine of comparative negligence (or comparative fault) comes into play. In the United States, even if you are partially at fault for a collision, you can receive damages. It’s best to discuss your unique situation with a qualified attorney who will consider all aspects of your individual case.
Motorcycle cases frequently involve lane splitting accidents. This type of accident is controversial. Lane splitting is the term used when a motorcycle moves through and between lanes in spotty traffic. This behavior is only legal in certain states because it can be dangerous to the motorcyclist and surrounding drivers. When motorcycles weave through heavy traffic, a car may unknowingly get in the bike’s way. These types of collisions are often devastating and can cause damage to both vehicles and drivers.
When involved in a motorcycle collision, people often forget the steps they need to take to protect themselves from insurance fraud, inadequate compensation, and other damages. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately if you are ever struck by a passenger vehicle, ejected from your motorcycle or even experience a simple fender bender. It’s important to document every aspect of the crash to be sure you have substantial evidence to advocate for your innocence in court. Always swap insurance information with the other party involved in the crash, and immediately contact an attorney to begin legal proceedings and file an accident claim.