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Causes of motorcycle accidents in West Palm Beach - Call our knowledgeable Florida attorneys

A car offers a certain degree of crash protection that can reduce the risk of car accident injury. Motorcycle riders, however, lack crash protection, which means very few motorcycle accidents end with the biker walking away. Motorcycle accidents often result in significant loss of property and personal injury.

There are many reasons why motorcycle accidents happen. Some of the most common causes include:

Every motorcycle accident is unique. That's why it's critical that you have an attorney investigating your crash as soon as possible. Otherwise, you might have a hard time getting the money you rightfully deserve for your motorcycle accident.

Insurance companies often point the finger at innocent motorcyclists after a collision. They do this because they know there's a bias against many motorcyclists. Some people think all motorcyclists are risk-taking thrill seekers. We know the truth. We know that most motorcyclists follow the rules of the road. It's other drivers who are to blame.

When other drivers are not careful and cause a crash, the motorcycle rider often suffers most. We know how to stand up for the rights of motorcycle accident injury victims. We can help them through the complicated insurance process to get the full compensation they deserve.  For a free consultation, call (800) 608-2965 today. Let us help you on your path to recovery.

Illegal Passing

A driver who passes on the right or tries to pass in a no-passing zone typically has to rush to get back into the proper lane. This often leads to them failing to notice the space occupied by a motorcycle. They mistake the biker instead for room on the road to get around the car in front of them. This can lead to a side-swipe collision.

The following are common illegal passing situations that may precede an accident:

  • Passing in a no-passing zone
  • Passing at excessive speeds
  • Passing on the right

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Road Conditions

Motorcycles can be more susceptible to losing control when encountering an uneven or irregular road surface. These areas are required to be specially marked. A poorly marked hazard can lead directly to a motorcycle accident injury, particularly in and around road construction projects.

Examples of poor road conditions for motorcyclists include:

  • Repaving of road or lane
  • A pothole or temporary road patch
  • Raised surfaces (such as utility access)
  • Lane closure

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Low Visibility

When drivers of a passenger car or a tractor trailer are operating under reduced visibility conditions (particularly if rain, fog, or other precipitation is involved), they are obligated to adapt to the conditions. Failure to anticipate how these conditions might affect a motorcycle on the same road can lead to a rear-end collision, as the rider may have to slow to a greater extent in order to drive safely.

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Inattentive Drivers

A common driver mistake is failing to pay proper attention. Careless drivers often fail to spot the smaller motorcycle among the traffic flow as they are moving into traffic from a stop. The rider may be cut off when pulling into traffic. That's why inattentive drivers can be so dangerous when motorcycles are involved.

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Sudden Lane Changes

A driver who does not use rear-view mirrors judiciously will often change lanes without fully checking that there is adequate space in the next lane. The motorcycle's smaller size makes it more likely to fall into a driver's blind spot. In some cases, the driver may not look at all before changing lanes. This might only cause a scrape along the side of a car, but when it happens to a motorcycle it may lead to a fatal accident.

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Congestion / Traffic

When driving in slow-moving, congested traffic, many car drivers take their focus off the road in front of them. They tune their radio, they make a cell phone call, or they may even break Florida law by sending text messages. Stop-and-go traffic often irritates drivers, making them prone to rush ahead or drive aggressively when a space opens in the congestion. An irritated driver acting aggressively often will not see a motorcycle rider until it is too late. That might explain why motorcycle crashes at intersections are so common.

Examples of congestion or heavy traffic situations that may result in a motorcycle accident include:

  • Rush hour traffic
  • Beach, resort, National Park, or other destination traffic
  • Traffic resulting from road construction

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Motorcycle injury victims can turn to us

Your free consultation is a phone call away: (800) 608-2965. If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today to learn about your rights.