motorcycle on the side of the road at sunsetMotorcycle wrecks can cause catastrophic injuries, but how do these accidents happen? By understanding the common causes of motorcycle crashes, we can learn who may be at fault for a crash and how to avoid future accidents.

How Motorcycle Accidents Happen

Devastating crashes often occur because of someone’s negligence. Before you can recover for your accident injuries, you need to know exactly why the accident happened.

Some common reasons include:

  • Getting struck in another vehicle’s blind spot. Drivers must remain alert for smaller vehicles like motorcycles that tend to fall into their blind spots. Many Kentucky motorcycle accidents occur because drivers fail to check their blind spots before turning or changing lanes.
  • Drivers don’t make left turns safely. Motorcycles can be hard to see. A car that is making a left turn can hit a motorcycle when it is going through the intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. The other vehicle is often at fault for hitting the motorcycle.
  • Aggressive drivers. Aggressive drivers may follow motorcycles too closely or cut them off in traffic, causing dangerous collisions.
  • Drivers don’t know how to share the road safely with riders. Motorcycles are smaller in size and harder to see than other types of vehicles. Many car and truck drivers don’t know how to anticipate the distance of motorcycles and misjudge the amount of time they have to turn or stop before hitting a motorcycle.
  • Drowsy drivers. Tired drivers are dangerous drivers. A drowsy driver may fail to stop before causing a crash, fail to stop for a stop sign or traffic light, drift between lanes, or force a motorcycle off the road.
  • Drunk drivers. Intoxicated drivers may not have the same reflexes or judgment as sober drivers, and they may cause devastating crashes.
  • Distracted drivers. Drivers distracted by their phones, music, GPS, passengers, thoughts, or anything else may take their hands off the wheel, eyes off the road, or attention away from driving safely and, thereby, cause a motorcycle crash.
  • Speeding drivers. Drivers who exceed the speed limit or drive too fast for road conditions may not stop in time to avoid causing a motorcycle accident.

While motorcyclists are often blamed for accidents, it is frequently the other drivers who are at fault and should be held accountable for accident injuries. Bias against motorcyclists has no place in your accident case. Instead, you should be treated fairly and recover for any injuries caused by another party’s negligence.

How to Find Out What Caused Your Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries because they lack the protective metal, seatbelts, and airbags of other vehicles. Yet, riders have a right to be on the road, and other drivers must show them reasonable care. When other drivers are negligent, the results are often catastrophic for motorcycle riders. For example, motorcyclists may suffer:

  • Head trauma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Internal hemorrhaging
  • Soft tissue or organ damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Rider’s arm
  • Road rash
  • Burns

These injuries can be costly and take months, even years to heal, and in many cases can result in permanent scars, disability, or death.

You have the right to find out why your accident occurred and to pursue fair damages from all liable parties. Our experienced motorcycle accident lawyers will fight for your past and future:

  • Medical expenses such as hospitalizations, surgeries, doctors’ visits, medications, and rehabilitation therapies
  • Lost income for any wages, bonuses, benefits, raises, or income from self-employment that you can’t earn because of your injuries
  • Pain and suffering for your physical pain and emotional suffering
  • Other expenses, including any property damage or out-of-pocket accident costs

Our Kentucky motorcycle accident lawyers and staff nurse are here to help you every step of the way. We treat all of our clients like family, and we work together as a team to investigate your case, identify the cause of your motorcycle accident, and fight for your recovery.

We invite you to learn more about your possible case, your potential compensation, and our No-Fee Policy by scheduling a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Mark K. Gray
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Louisville attorney serving the seriously injured in Kentucky
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