Why Motorcycle Accidents Differ From Auto Accidents

The first major difference between motorcycle and auto accidents is that motorcycle riders and their passengers are considerably more likely to suffer serious injury or death in an accident than people in a car. See the January 2006 report from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association (NHTSA).

Motorcycle accidents are also frequently caused by automobile drivers who don’t see the motorcycles. As a result, car drivers sometimes cut motorcycle riders off, turn into their path, or violate their right of way in some other manner. There are a few reasons for this. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars it’s much easier for motorcycles to get lost in a car’s blind spots or be missed at an intersection. Their smaller size also makes it difficult to gauge how far away motorcycles are or how fast they’re traveling, leading auto drivers to misjudge and cut motorcycles off at an intersection.

Motorcycle accidents are sometimes caused by automobiles that hit them from behind, either because the motorcycle stopped faster than the car or because the motorcycle slowed down by downshifting or rolling off the throttle so that no brake light showed. Motorcycles are also in greater danger than autos from physical hazards on the road.

Motorcycles are also subject to different laws in most states, such as special licensing requirements, helmet laws, insurance laws, and laws about how motorcycles can use traffic lanes. These laws may come into play in a motorcycle accident case.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, contact a motorcycle accident attorney right away. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can help you sort through important issues of fault and damages and can help protect your interests while advocating for a fair and equitable recovery for your losses.

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