Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Studies show that only 1 out of every 5 people involved in a motorcycle accident can claim to have only minor injuries.
Stated differently, approximately 80% of people involved in a motorcycle crash will suffer severe injuries or death. Sadly, motorcycle accidents are among the deadliest on America’s roadways.
When people think about motorcycle accidents, they usually imagine a conventional collision between a motorcycle and another vehicle. To be sure, those do happen with alarming frequency, and they are typically catastrophic.
There are many other types of motorcycle accidents, though. Some of them happen in less obvious ways, and they are hard to avoid unless you know what you’re looking for.
That’s why it is so important to familiarize yourself with the various types of motorcycle accidents in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Whether you drive a motorcycle or a passenger car, there are steps you can take to make the roads safer for everyone involved.
Let’s look at some of the more common types of motorcycle accidents and the most effective ways to avoid them.
The Car/Motorcycle Collision
As mentioned earlier, this is the most typical kind of motorcycle crash and one of the deadliest. Believe it or not, despite popular myth, motorcycle drivers are not at fault for the majority of their accidents. More often than not, it is the car driver who fails to look for the motorcycle driver before switching lanes, accelerating, or stopping suddenly.
Because cars are so much larger and heavier than motorcycles, and because bikers are relatively exposed, any collision with a car can cause catastrophic damage to the motorcyclist.
Please remember that motorcycle drivers have a right to share the roads like any other vehicle, and car drivers have a duty to behave carefully around them.
Surprisingly, parked cars are among the biggest threats to motorcyclists’ lives. It is not uncommon for unwitting drivers to park on the side of a busy street and then open their car doors directly into oncoming traffic.
Studies show that most drivers check for oncoming cars before opening their doors, but they are far less likely to notice or think about oncoming motorcycles. Accordingly, open-door impacts are among the most threatening types of motorcycle accidents.
Some motorcycle crashes involve only one vehicle: the motorcycle itself. Because motorcycles are capable of operating at high speeds while balancing on just two wheels with a compact body style, they are vulnerable to skidding, sliding, and rollover.
Single-bike accidents often result from dangerous road conditions, poor highway maintenance, debris, or other objects that drivers have left in the road. A Rhode Island motorcycle accident attorney can help victims determine the cause of single-bike accidents and seek compensation.
While most types of motorcycle accidents happen because of negligent car drivers, the bikers themselves sometimes engage in dangerous behavior too. Lane splitting is especially dangerous. This happens when motorcycles choose to weave between traffic, drive in the middle of two adjacent traffic lanes, or ride side-by-side with another motorcycle in the same lane.
Speeding, Drunk Driving, and Bad Behavior
Disturbingly, some studies show that alcohol and/or drugs are a common factor in many motorcycle crashes. Other bad behavior, including speeding and distracted driving, can cause problems too. As high-tech add-ons become increasingly popular with today’s motorcycles, gadgets like smartphones, GPS, and music systems are posing dangerous distractions.
Left-Hand Turn Accidents
Because car drivers have a hard time spotting motorcyclists (or remembering to look for them in the first place), left-hand turns have proven especially perilous for bike drivers. Always exercise caution and proceed slowly when turning left, traveling through an intersection, or passing other traffic.
Rear-End Collisions (Sudden Stops)
When a motorcycle is involved, even a low-speed rear-end collision can turn deadly. Sudden stops can cause a motorcycle to impact the rear of a car, often throwing the biker off his or her motorcycle. In some cases, the biker may even be propelled end-over-end to the other side of the car.
As with any other vehicle, head-on collisions with motorcycles are almost always disastrous, and most cases result in the biker’s death.
Talk to a Rhode Island Motorcycle Accident Attorney at Bottaro Law Firm, LLC
At Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we respect and understand motorcyclists’ right to use the roads. We expect everyone, including car drivers, to give bikers the care and protection they deserve. Likewise, we hope to see motorcyclists extend the same courtesy to their fellow travelers.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving a motorcycle and you believe someone else’s negligence may be to blame, our office can help.
We are proud to offer a “No Fee Guarantee” in all the cases we accept, which means you never have to pay anything upfront. Our fees only apply if we win your case.
Time limits do apply, though, so please contact us as soon as possible to set up a free consultation with a Massachusetts or Rhode Island motorcycle accident attorney right away.