• Jul
    13
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Be Aware of Motorcycles: Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

    Riding a motorcycle is one of life’s great joys, but it is also undeniably dangerous. Despite the various advantages that motorcycle drivers have, including tremendous handling and control of their vehicles, unimpeded views and high-performance tires and brakes, and despite the availability of state-of-the-art safety gear, riders who get into motorcycle accidents can suffer severe injuries that change their lives. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC represent those who have been injured in motorcycle accidents, and want to make sure that everybody is aware of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents to that they can be aware and try to avoid them.

    Without question, the most common cause of motorcycle accidents is vehicles coming from the opposite direction whose drivers either fail to see the motorcycle or disregard it and turn left in front of them. In some cases, the driver is simply not paying attention or misjudges the motorcycle’s speed. Whatever the reason, the motorcyclist is at risk for serious injury. Motorcyclists need to drive defensively and exhibit extreme caution when they see a car at an intersection that they are approaching, especially when there is a small gap in traffic. Watch their wheels, make sure the driver is looking, be aware of the other vehicles around you.

    Another frequent cause of serious injury to motorcyclists is hitting gravel on a blind corner. This occurs when a rider turns a corner and discovers that there is a patch of gravel, sand, or some other sort of hazard where they did not expect it to be. As soon as the front tire hits the foreign object the bike goes out of control. The best precaution against this is to make sure that your speed is appropriate to your surroundings and that when you cannot see what is around the corner from you, you slow down. Those who are responsible for keeping roads clear of debris rarely consider the additional needs of motorcycle drivers, and this can lead to deadly motorcycle accidents.

    One of the hazards that causes fear and concern for all motorcycle drivers is motorists that change lanes directly into them. It happens constantly, and is often a result of being in the automobile’s blind spot.  Add to that the reality that no matter how many motorcycles they encounter, car drivers do not anticipate the smaller footprint that a motorcycle has actually being there, and they’re not programmed to look for us. The best thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to be aware of blind spots and spend as little time in them as possible.

    At Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC, we understand that when these accidents occur, they are rarely the motorcyclist’s fault – but it is the motorcycle rider that has the greatest risk of severe injury when a motorcycle accident occurs. If you have been injured and need to discuss your legal options, call our office today. We will work hard to make sure that your rights are protected and you get the justice you deserve.

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