Common Ways Drivers Cause Motorcycle Accidents
Safe riding and “wearing all the gear, all the time” are only half the battle when it comes to staying safe as a motorcyclist on Arkansas’ roadways. Even when following safe riding habits, riders are often still at the mercy of other drivers.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, our Arkansas motorcycle accident lawyers work to protect riders who were hurt through no fault of their own. Through our years of experience, we’ve seen many causes of collisions between passenger vehicles and motorcycles, but two stand out as being among the most common:
- Turning left into the paths of motorcyclists – Drivers are taught to watch for oncoming traffic when making left turns—but they aren’t always accustomed to looking out for motorcycles. That puts motorcyclists at a significant risk, as drivers may pull out directly into their paths. Never assume you will be seen by an oncoming vehicle driver.
- Crowding motorcyclists and forcing them off the road – Drivers also may fail to notice motorcyclists in adjacent lanes, or they may fail to give them the space they deserve. When drivers change lanes or drift into the spaces occupied by motorcyclists, they can clip them or force them off the road, potentially causing serious injuries. Never assume are you seen by a vehicle in an adjoining lane.
If you or someone you love were hurt by a negligent driver while riding, we want to help. Call us any time for a free consultation.