Understanding the common causes of fatal motorcycle collisions

As a previous post noted, motorcyclists tend to face many dangers on the roadway. While the warmer months mean more motorcyclists traveling, whether alone or in large groups, it also means the potential for a serious and even fatal collision. When a motorcycle accident occurs, a rider could be thrown from their bike resulting in trauma to the head and body, even when a helmet is worn. This could ultimately result in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities.

Although riding a motorcycle can be fun and entertaining, it is also a dangerous activity. A rider exposes him or herself to many risks, one of them being negligent drivers. Unfortunately, when a negligent driver collides with a motorcyclist, there are only a few protections offered, such as a helmet and protective clothing, which do not always prevent fatal injuries.

In order to understand how motorcycle accidents occur, it is essential to be aware of some of their common causes. The most common way these wrecks occur is when a car suddenly turns into the path of a motorcyclist. This frequently happens when a driver fails to yield the right-of-way or misjudges the speed of an oncoming biker. Another way injurious and fatal crashes can occur is by a head-on collision. Such events could be the cause of various negligent activities, such as distracted driving, and is the most likely to result in fatalities.

While other motorists are frequently the cause of motorcycle crashes, motorcyclists themselves could play a contributing role. This typically occurs when motorcyclists partake in actions such as lane splitting, riding under the influence, taking a corner too fast, or speeding.

When an individual is lost to a fatal motorcycle accident it is important to understand the cause. Further investigation could help establish responsibility for the crash, which may then be translated into legal liability. This could provide many answers to surviving family members of a deceased motorcyclist, and it may help pave the way for them to recover compensation through a wrongful death claim.