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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

When a motorcycle accident occurs, it’s crucial to recognize the cause. Proving causation allows injured individuals to seek the compensation they deserve, so looking for signs of distracted driving or other negligence is crucial following a crash.

Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and what you can do to stay safe.

Left Turns

Left turns are very dangerous for all drivers. Motorcyclists are commonly injured when drivers either speed through intersections or attempt to turn in front of a passing motorcyclist. Intersection accidents involving motorcyclists often occur because of:

  • Speeding
  • Distractions
  • Reckless behavior
  • Intoxication

Any motorist making a left turn must yield when necessary (unless they have a green left turn light). Failure to do so puts many people at risk.

Low Visibility

Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicle types. They may not be as visible to other drivers on the road. As such, a driver might not see a motorcyclist in their mirror or blind spot as they begin to merge. This can cause drivers to sideswipe motorcyclists, pushing them off their motorcycles or causing them to slide on the road. As a result, the motorcyclist might suffer severe injuries.

Distracted Drivers

Distracted drivers can cause all types of crashes, including rear-end, intersection, head-on, and more. The most common type of distraction is the use of a cell phone for calls or texts. It typically takes a driver about 5 seconds to respond to a text and another 10-15 seconds to refocus. Combined with the low visibility of a motorcycle, distracted drivers can cause some of the worst harm.

At Shevlin Smith, our Fairfax motorcycle accident lawyers put your needs first. We will work through the process, guiding you with tenacity and compassion as we seek the most favorable outcome possible. Trust that we’ll be there to give you a voice when you need it most.

Call our firm today at (703) 721-4233 for a free consultation.


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