Philadelphia Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
Decades of Helping Victims Recover
Though the number of motorcycle accidents in the U.S. has decreased over the years, motorcyclists are still more liable than passenger car drivers to suffer from serious and fatal injuries. Because of their lack of outer protection and seat belts, riders are likely to suffer the most upon impact. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles are 16 times more at risk of injury and 35 times more at risk of producing fatalities than passenger cars after a crash. Most accidents are caused by human error, and the dangers of motorcycle crashes are higher among younger and less experienced riders. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by negligence, our Philadelphia motorcycle accident attorneys can assist you. We have more than 25 years of experience helping the vulnerable and injured get back on their feet.
Call (215) 515-5788 or contact us online today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Ruch & Shipon, P.C. We’ve helped countless motorcyclists recover from injuries successfully and can help you, too.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
There are, unfortunately, a variety of factors that can lead to a motorcycle accident. Because many accidents are caused by riders and other drivers, it’s important to understand what bad habits and behaviors can cause an accident so you can help prevent them in the future and avoid an accident.
Common motorcycle accident causes include:
- Unsafe lane changes: Drivers that change lanes suddenly and/or without signaling can endanger motorcyclists. Drivers can also collide with riders if they fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes, as many motorcyclists can be hidden.
- Car doors: All drivers should look out their windows or check their mirrors before opening their doors after they’ve parked. Open doors can create obstacles in the paths of oncoming motorcycles, especially if they don’t have room to swerve and avoid the door.
- Speeding: Speeding is a leading cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents, and can cause riders to lose control of their motorcycles, especially if hydroplaning on slippery or icy roads is involved. Speeding also reduces a motorcyclist’s chance of seeing and reacting to slowed or stopped cars.
- Lane splitting: It’s common for motorcyclists to drive between two lanes of cars to avoid traffic, but it can also be dangerous to navigate as cars are constantly changing lanes and making sudden movements. Lane splitting is illegal in some states and can be especially dangerous for inexperienced riders.
- Left turns: Motorcyclists making a left turn can be injured through right of way errors if they think it’s safe to turn when oncoming traffic is coming. Additionally, if there are multiple turn lanes, other cars and trucks can cut off motorcyclists and cause injuries.
- Driving under the influence: Both motorcyclists and other drivers can create dangers on the road when they drive while intoxicated. Drunk driving reduces reaction time and can cause distracted driving, such as drifting into other lanes and onto opposing traffic.