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Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

The very thing that the majority of motorcyclists love about riding is the very thing that makes riding the most dangerous – the freedom of being part of the open road. Unlike other types of vehicles that offer protection to occupants if they are struck by another vehicle, there is nothing between the rider on a motorcycle and the other vehicle, even if the rider is wearing all the recommended safety gear.




The motorcycle accident attorneys at Shapiro & Appleton have successfully advocated for many motorcycle accident victims in getting them the financial compensation they deserved for the injuries they suffered. The following are the most frequents causes of crashes that our legal team has worked on:

Moving Vehicles: The most common motorcycle crashes are caused by other vehicles taking left turns, changing lanes, and rear-ending the motorcycle. It is not uncommon for other vehicle drivers to be totally unaware that there is a motorcycle in the next lane and just pull in front of them. They also often misjudge speed or fail to check blind spots.

Road Hazards: A driver of a motorcycle can lose control of the bike if they come to road surfaces that are covered in debris or are wet. If the weather caused the crash, there is obviously no liable party since you can’t sue Mother Nature, however, if the debris was caused by another party, then an injured victim may be able to pursue a lawsuit. For example, if a trucking company failed to secure cargo it was transporting and it leaked, causing the motorcyclist to crash, then the trucking company could be held liable for their negligence.

Motorcycle Defects: Another common cause of motorcycle accidents are dangerous or defective parts. If a motorcycle manufacturer develops a bike that has a dangerous design flaw or uses parts that are defective, they can be held liable for someone is injured due to that dangerous issue.

Vehicle Doors: Occupants in parked vehicles are another frequent cause of crashes. People open their car doors without even looking, causing the rider to suddenly swerve into another lane to avoid being hit. This can be deadly if there is a vehicle in that other lane. This is also a common cause of bicycle accidents.

Unfortunately, there are motorcyclists who do not always follow the rules of the road or safety tips that are recommended for riders. Issues such as speeding, driving under the influence, and inexperience can result in tragic results for riders.

Contact a Carolinas Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is critical not to delay contacting the legal team at Shapiro & Appleton because North Carolina injury laws have strict rules regarding how long you have to file your personal injury claim. If the statute of limitations expires, you will be unable to collect financial damages for any medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, or any other losses you or your family may be entitled to.

Call one of our North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney and find out how we can help.

Randall E. Appleton
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