What is the Most Common Type of Collision Between Cars and Motorcycles?
The most common type of collision between motorcycles and other vehicles occurs when a vehicle is making a left-hand turn across the path of an oncoming motorcycle. This type of accident has a high risk of being fatal because motorcyclist is often thrown from their motorcycle. Let’s take a look at why these types of accidents are so common and what can be done to prevent some of them from occurring.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 41% of fatal vehicle versus motorcycle accidents that occurred in 2019 happened when a driver tried to turn left and never saw the motorcycle coming. These accidents often result in fatalities due to the impact or because motorcyclists get thrown from their bikes. Depending on the speed involved, the impact may be instantly fatal.
How These Accidents Happen
Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles on the road, making them more difficult to see. If the sun is at a certain angle, it can easily blind drivers to the motorcycle. Distracted driving is another main cause of problems on the roadways. Drivers texting, scanning the radio, or even talking to passengers can lead to this type of accident.
What Can Be Done?
Preventing these types of accidents requires drivers to slow down and look twice to ensure nothing is coming. Motorcyclists can help to prevent these accidents by remaining aware of their surroundings and the other vehicles around them. Anticipating the actions of other drivers is important for a motorcyclist. Also, motorcyclists are encouraged to stay in the right lane and even to the right of the lane. This allows room to see a vehicle coming toward you and potentially avoid a collision.
If you are seeking compensation after a motorcycle accident, you should seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. Let Casas Law in West Palm Beach offer you a free consultation of your claim and get the compensation you are entitled to receive.
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