What factors can contribute to motorcycle accidents?

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in motorcycle accidents on Friday, February 19, 2016.

The joy of the open road can only be fully experienced on a motorcycle. With that joy comes significant risks because of the other motorists who are on the roadway, as well as other hazards. While other drivers are a huge safety risk for motorcyclists, there are other hazards that can be just as dangerous.

What are the factors that can lead to motorcycle accidents?

The compact size of motorcycles compared to cars makes them more difficult to see, which makes visual recognition a possible hazard since motorcycles are often difficult for other drivers to see. Wobble accidents, which occur when there is a misalignment between wheels is a hazard that usually occurs at higher speeds. Road hazards, such as oil slicks and potholes, can also lead to motorcycle accidents.

Do motorcyclists cause accidents?

It is possible for motorcyclists to cause an accident; however, two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that also involve another driver are caused by the actions of the other driver. In many cases, the motorcyclist is following proper safety protocol when the other drivers on the road aren't.

Can motorcyclists seek compensation for injuries?

Even though motorcyclists know that there is an increased danger when riding, they can still seek compensation if they are injured by another driver. Oftentimes, the motorcyclist will have to show that the other party was negligent in a way that led to the accident. If the accident wasn't caused by another driver, such as if there was a motorcycle defect, the motorcyclist can often seek compensation from the liable party. Learning what parties to hold liable is an important part of your case.

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