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Primary Causes of Motorcycle Accidents


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While it would be nice to have the assurance that other motorists will operate their vehicles in accordance with standards of reasonableness, we simply cannot predict the actions of others. Motorcyclists in particular, due to being more susceptible to injury than motor vehicle occupants, should always remain aware of this concept of unpredictability and inability to control the way others operate their vehicles. The Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. advise all motorcyclists to take proactive measures in protecting their own safety, because doing so could mean the difference between life and death.

Perhaps the most crucial thing to remember is that it is much more difficult for the driver of a car to see a motorcyclist than another automobile. Studies have shown that more than 50% of motorcycle accident fatalities, and 80% of injuries involve head-on collisions, while head-on collisions between two automobiles account for only 10% of fatalities, and only 18% of injuries. In addition, the vast majority of head-on motorcycle collision fatalities were caused by a negligent driver of a passenger vehicle. This data further supports the notion that motorcyclists are indeed more difficult to see even when their positioning is directly within the front view of another motorist.

Motorcyclists should also remain aware of vehicles that may be making left-hand turns. Often, the driver of a vehicle attempting to make a left-hand turn will misjudge their ability to complete the turn before the motorcyclist reaches the intersection, thereby resulting in collision. Sometimes a motorist fails to observe the motorcyclist altogether, which can result in a collision during any type of vehicle movement, whether the vehicle is attempting to make a turn or changing lanes.

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A small percentage of motorcycle accidents involve rear-end collisions with a passenger vehicle. Whether the motorcycle is in the front or rear position at the point of impact, these accidents can result in devastating injury. Some rear-end collisions are caused when a vehicle traveling in front of a motorcyclist comes to an abrupt stop, pulls out in front, or changes lanes in the path of a nearby or oncoming motorcyclist. Although in Florida there is a presumption of negligence for the rear vehicle in a rear-end collision, this presumption can be rebutted by showing proof to the contrary.

As a general rule, the better approach to riding may be a defensive one. In other words, motorcyclists should ride with the assumption that drivers in other vehicles will not see them, or will otherwise fail to operate their vehicle in a reasonable manner. Despite the safety measures taken by motorcyclists, some accidents simply cannot be prevented. If you were injured, or a loved one was killed in a motorcycle collision, it is important that you discuss your legal rights and entitlement to recovery with an attorney experienced in motorcycle accidents.