California motorcycle accidents happen every day. In fact, they are on the rise – and this is concerning to anyone on the road. There are many potential reasons for these accidents and the more we know about those causes, the more easily we can help protect those on motorcycles or bikes, pedestrians, and even those in cars. Keep reading to understand some of those causes and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Alcohol is a Huge Contributing Factor to Fatal Motorcycle Accidents
When it comes to fatal motorcycle accidents, it is important to know that the majority of bikers who die on their bikes have a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit. For this reason, it is essential that a person who has been drinking never gets on and operates a motorcycle. Remember that even if you are “just buzzed” your ability to drive safely may be seriously impaired.
Poor Road Conditions
Yes, potholes can be significant dangers for motorcycle riders but so can many other road conditions. Roads with gravel or sand can be deadly. Run-down pavement is dangerous. Bad weather can cause poor road conditions like slippery roads and glare. If the roads are not dry, clean, and free from blemishes then they are not safe for motorcycle riders.
Lack of Signaling
If both motorcycles and car drivers signaled every time they were going to turn or change lanes, fewer accidents would occur. When changing lanes, a signal alerts others that you are going to move into their lane. If they are in your blind spot, they can move, make it clear they are there, or otherwise take action to prevent a collision.
You may be shocked to learn that more than 40% of accidents between cars and motorcycles occur when the car is turning left. This is especially likely at intersections or when the motorcycle is trying to pass a car illegally. Once again, turn signals are crucial so that the motorcyclist knows the intentions of the driver. Likewise, drivers must be made aware that motorcyclists have the right of way if they are traveling straight and a car is turning left in front of them.
Driving Too Closely
Another common cause of accidents is following too closely to the vehicle in front of them. When the leading vehicle brakes suddenly, the vehicle that is following cannot brake or stop fast enough and a rear-end accident can occur. Once again, because motorcyclists do not have seatbelts or other protection like airbags, a rear-end accident – even at a low speed – can be deadly.
Have you been involved in a motorcycle accident in California? If you have we recommend you contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. Reach out today and we can get started immediately.