Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Georgetown, Delaware personal injury lawyers who fight for your rights
Motorcycle accidents can cause severe and often fatal injuries, as motorcycle riders don’t have the same structural protection surrounding their bikes as other vehicles do. While motorcycles have the advantages of unobstructed vision and nimble handling, it can be impossible to avoid collisions with negligent drivers. Gill, Welsh, and Chamberlain, P.A. helps victims of motorcycle accidents recover financial compensation.
Mitigating risk and being vigilant while riding is important; but most collisions are not the rider’s fault. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve fair compensation, and our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will stand up for your rights. We’ve been fighting for the injured in Georgetown and Sussex County since 1983, and we are ready to fight for you.
Our legal team investigates your accident to determine how it happened and hold negligent parties accountable. The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Unaware drivers. This is the main factor in most cases. Drivers often cause motorcycle accidents by failing to look around them. They don’t check their blind spots before changing lanes, so they don’t see the biker coming up alongside them and cause a collision.
Left turns. A driver doesn’t yield to a motorcycle going through an unprotected green light or doesn’t leave enough space for the rider to get through the intersection.
People opening car doors without looking. When someone opens their car door without check oncoming traffic for motorcycles and the biker collides with them.
Lane-splitting. Riding in between lanes to pass slower traffic puts the rider at risk of a car not seeing them.
Carelessness. A car may change lanes without a blinker, drive erratically, or cut a motorcycle off at high speeds.
Driving under the influence. An impaired driver is less aware of their surroundings and even less likely to see a motorcycle than a sober driver.
Gravel, loose pavement, ice or dirt. Any loose material on the ground leads to loss of traction and loss of control of the motorcycle.
Speeding. Higher speeds shorten the amount of time a driver has to spot a motorcycle and the resulting corrective maneuvers make it more likely that a rider loses control as a result.
Motorcycle accident lawyers who stand up for your rights
Drivers should be aware of the steps to take to prevent collisions with a motorcycle, but many are negligent and do not look over their shoulder before changing lanes, or fail to ensure that there is enough space between their car and your motorcycle. If they fail to be alert and aware of their surroundings, you may be injured and entitled to financial compensation.
Whatever the cause of your motorcycle accident, we will stand up for you in court and ensure that you receive the financial compensation you are entitled to. Insurance companies may try to paint motorcycle riders as reckless, but our lawyers know that most bikers are responsible. Even with all the proper gear and safety precautions, accidents still happen, and the injuries are devastating. While you recover from your injuries, our legal team will handle navigating the complex legal system and fight insurance companies for full compensation.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident, contact us for a free consultation. We will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.