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Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents

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With the weather getting warmer, motorcyclists are now able to enjoy the open road once again. Whether used as primary transportation or as a hobby, motorcycles have many benefits as an alternative to a passenger car or bicycle. While motorcyclists are sometimes characterized as reckless thrill seekers, the vast majority are committed to safe riding. 

A motorcyclist is always more exposed to danger on the road than other vehicles. Except for protective gear such as helmets, gloves, and thick jackets, motorcyclists have direct contact with the environment they are driving in. There are no airbags or large physical barriers for protection. Although motorcycles are one of the smallest groups of motorists, motorcycle accidents make up 20 percent of all road fatalities in Colorado. 

Driving a motorcycle carries different challenges than a car or truck. These are the most common ways motorcycles are involved in accidents on the road: 

Turning Cars

Motorcycles are smaller than other vehicles and can be difficult for another driver to see. A driver of a car may miss a motorcycle due to a blind spot, distracted driving, or misjudgment. When on a motorcycle, it is important to be a defensive driver and aware of what is going on around you at all times. Be mindful of situations in which a car may attempt to turn and not see you. As a rule, if you cannot see the driver’s mirror, they cannot see you, and darting into gaps in traffic can be fatal.

Rear-End Collisions

A car hitting the bumper of another automobile at an intersection can be a minor accident with limited damage. However, for a motorcyclist, it could lead to severe injuries. Always keep an eye out behind you for other drivers. Being watchful can give enough reaction time to prevent an accident. 

Open Car Doors

While bicyclists often collide with opening car doors, the same can happen to a motorcyclist. A car door can open suddenly, and you may not be able to stop in time. To avoid this situation, stick to the middle of the road if you are traveling in an area in which cars are parked on the right side. 

Contact A Fort Collins Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Although there are precautions motorcyclists can take to stay safe on the road, the negligence of another driver can put anyone in danger. Contact an experienced Larimer County motorcycle accident attorney from Hoggatt Law Office, P.C. to speak with a dedicated legal advocate for motorcyclists. Call our office at 970-225-2190 today to schedule a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://www.rideapart.com/articles/254912/10-common-motorcycle-accidents-and-how-to-avoid-them/

https://kdvr.com/2018/08/28/motorcycle-deaths-on-the-rise-in-colorado/

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