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Driver Negligence is a Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents

Accident and frontal collision of a car with a motorcycle.

Motorcycle accidents are frequently caused by driver negligence, where other drivers fail to share the road responsibly with motorcyclists. This vulnerability significantly increases the risks for motorcyclists across the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia). As such, drivers of cars, pickup trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles need to exercise caution and prioritize the safety of all road users, especially bikers.

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, all drivers must remember the importance of sharing the road with motorcyclists. This annual initiative aims to reduce accidents and enhance safety for motorcyclists across the DMV region and throughout the nation. By adopting safe driving practices and remaining vigilant, vehicle drivers can help ensure the safety of everyone on the road.

Common types of motorcycle accidents

Understanding common accident scenarios can help raise awareness and promote safer driving practices. By understanding these common causes of motorcycle accidents, vehicle drivers can take proactive measures to enhance safety on the road. Sharing the road responsibly and staying vigilant can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and ensure a safer driving environment for everyone.

Here are some of the most frequent types of motorcycle accidents:

Left turn accidents

A common scenario is when drivers turn left at intersections or onto side streets without noticing oncoming motorcyclists. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles are often overlooked, and drivers may misjudge their speed or distance. Distracted drivers are particularly prone to missing bikers, leading to dangerous collisions.

Not checking blind spots

Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles, making them easy to miss in blind spots. Accidents frequently occur when drivers change lanes or merge onto highways without properly checking for motorcyclists. Vigilance and thorough blind spot checks are essential to prevent these types of accidents.

Reckless driving

Reckless drivers pose a significant risk to all road users, but motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and aggressive behaviors like tailgating increase the likelihood of severe and fatal accidents. Impaired judgment and reduced coordination in reckless drivers make them particularly dangerous to motorcyclists.

Road hazards

Motorcycles are more susceptible to road hazards due to their reduced stability and lack of protective features. Potholes, loose gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, uneven pavement, and debris can cause loss of traction and control, leading to accidents.

Rear-end collisions

These accidents happen when a vehicle strikes the back of a motorcycle. Due to the minimal protection for riders, even low-speed rear-end collisions can result in severe injuries. Drivers must maintain a safe following distance and stay alert to avoid sudden stops.

Lane splitting

This occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving traffic. While legal in some areas, it can be dangerous if drivers are not aware of the motorcyclist’s presence. Both drivers and riders need to exercise caution to avoid collisions.

Opening car doors ("dooring")

"Dooring" accidents happen when a parked car's door is opened into the path of an oncoming motorcycle. This sudden obstruction can lead to serious crashes. Drivers and passengers should always check for approaching motorcyclists before opening car doors.

Intersection collisions

Intersections are high-risk areas for motorcycle accidents. Vehicle drivers can run red lights, make illegal turns, or fail to yield the right of way, causing accidents with motorcyclists. Enhanced awareness and adherence to traffic signals are crucial in these areas.

Injured in a DMV motorcycle accident? Protect your rights

After suffering an injury in a motorcycle accident, you may feel lost. And after speaking with the at-fault driver's insurance company, you might feel discouraged. Insurance adjusters often employ tactics to minimize or deny compensation to bikers, and if you're not careful, you could lose out on the compensation you deserve.

At the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick, LLC, our experienced team has years of experience advocating for motorcycle accident victims. We understand the complexity of motorcycle accident claims, so we fight hard to ensure our clients secure the maximum compensation they deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, D.C., understanding your legal rights is crucial. Consulting with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages by building a strong case to support your claim.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today for a free consultation.

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