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5 Common Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are notoriously more serious than a typical car accident due to the lack of protection around the rider and the size discrepancy between the vehicle and the bike. There are several reasons why a driver may hit a motorcyclist, but some are more common than others. Regardless of where you live or ride, it is critical to watch out for the accident dangers below and to ride as if every driver on the road does not see you. The saying is true, “Loud pipes save lives.”

5 common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  1. Speeding: Speed reduces a driver’s ability to react in time, as well as the chance that they will see you.
  2. Lane Changes: If a driver does not adequately look before changing lanes, there is a high risk of hitting motorcyclist that is in a blind spot or that is approaching from behind. In addition, when a driver does not signal and makes a sudden lane change, you are given no chance of getting out of the way.
  3. Sudden stops: Rear-end accidents are common with any type of vehicle, motorcycle or otherwise, as abrupt stops are unpredictable and likely to happen at higher speeds. Even a slower sudden stop can result in serious injury for a motorcycle rider.
  4. Left turns: If a motorist turns in front of a motorcyclist without warning, serious accidents are likely to happen. The rider may even be thrown over the car upon impact due to the nature of the accident.
  5. Car doors: Drivers rarely check for oncoming traffic or riders before opening their doors to get out of their vehicle. This negligence can result in serious injury for a motorcyclist.

No matter what kind of accident caused your injuries, if you were not at fault, you deserve a settlement. Your bike may be damaged, you may be in the hospital, or may just have a few broken bones. Whether severe or seemingly minor, don’t let those at fault get away with it—call our team.

Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Injuries from motorcycle accidents vary and are dependent upon several factors: the nature of the crash, the gear that the rider was wearing, the speed of the crash, and how quickly the rider is guarded from other vehicles. If a rider is in an accident and other vehicles hit him or her once on the ground, injuries can quickly go from mild to deadly.

Injuries may include:

  • Head injury (severity depends on if the driver was wearing a full-face helmet, a skull cap, or no helmet)
  • Road rash
  • Broken bones
  • Torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments
  • Neck injury
  • Back injury
  • Facial cuts, fractures, and road rash

Protective gear, and defensive driving are key factors in avoiding the more serious of injuries. Learning how to avoid crashes, how to anticipate driver moves, and how to maneuver around obstacles comes with time and practice, so it is imperative the you take all precautions possible. Wearing a full-face helmet is your safest option, and gear and a bike that are visible help, as well. If possible, make sure your pipes are audible to give drivers a “warning” that a bike is approaching. Do what you can to prevent a potentially deadly collision and to get home safely every time you ride.

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When a negligent or dangerous driver hits you while you are riding, you are most likely going to take a ride to the hospital. You may end up with piles of medical bills, missed work and wages, and pain and suffering. Your damages warrant compensation, and our team can help.  The team at Gerash Steiner, P.C. is experienced and knowledgeable with regard to personal injury law and how it pertains to motorcycle accidents. We can work to reach a settlement that will get you back on two wheels.

Contact our team of Denver motorcycle accident attorneys at (303) 732-5048.