Factors that may contribute to a motorcycle accident
A collision between a motorcycle and a car or truck rarely ends well for the motorcyclist. Broken bones, head injuries and neck injuries are some of the consequences that motorcycle riders risk each time they take to the road. Motorcyclists may benefit from being aware of some of the common motorcycle accident causes and what they can do to receive compensation if they are accident victims.
The relatively small size of motorcycles makes them easy to maneuver in traffic. Unfortunately, their small size also makes it difficult for other vehicles to see them. It is common for the driver of a car that hit a motorcycle to claim not to have seen the motorcyclist. The high rate of intersection collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles is further evidence of visibility issues attributable to collisions.
Although motorcycle riders can try to avoid situations where operators of other vehicles might have difficulty seeing them, drivers are legally required to exercise reasonable care when operating a motor vehicle. A distracted driver or an inattentive driver poses a threat to all users of Texas highways including motorcyclists. A person who does not see another vehicle might be a negligent driver for failing to exercise reasonable care.
A motorcycle accident might also be caused by road hazards such as potholes, debris falling from trucks and uneven pavement. Faulty road design, highway construction sites and hazards in privately owned parking lots may cause even a skilled motorcycle rider to lose control and crash. Riders who suffer from serious injuries due to road conditions caused by a municipality, construction company or property owner might benefit from discussing their rights with a personal injury attorney.