Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
McAllen Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
What causes motorcycle accidents? There are many answers to this question, and determining the factor or factors that led to your collision will be an essential part of seeking financial compensation for your medical care, lost earnings and other expenses or losses. At Stern Law Group, we know how important it is to establish cause in a motorcycle accident claim or lawsuit. We work with investigators and accident reconstruction professionals when needed to uncover the sequence of events that led to a collision, which then helps us determine and prove liability. Our firm represents motorcycle accident victims in McAllen and the surrounding areas in Texas.
Looking at the common causes of motorcycle collisions can help you get a better idea of what may have caused your accident. In addition to reviewing these, you are always welcome to discuss your case with a McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm. A direct case evaluation will give you the opportunity to have your questions answered and the unique circumstances surrounding your accident reviewed by a legal professional.
"I just didn't see him/her!" This is a phrase heard all too often after motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are smaller than other motor vehicles, and many drivers simply are not looking for them when changing lanes, turning left or making other maneuvers. Drivers who do not properly check their blind spots or look out for motorcycles may cause collisions because they were not paying attention.
Often associated with visibility issues, distracted driving is another potential cause of motorcycle accidents. Drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, adjusting in-vehicle navigation or entertainment systems, eating, drinking or otherwise doing anything other than driving are putting themselves and everyone on the road in danger. Distracted driving greatly increases the risk of an accident.
Alcohol impairs judgment and can affect reaction time, vision and manual skills. For a driver, this means that he or she will be unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. The same applies to controlled substances such as prescription drugs and narcotics, as well as some over-the-counter medicines. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a potential cause of motorcycle accidents.
Speeding increases the chances of an accident and will also increase the severity of injury experienced in a collision. For a motorcyclist, a speeding driver may prove deadly. If a driver was exceeding the speed limit or was driving too fast for current conditions, this may mean that he or she is to blame for an accident.
Any type of traffic violation may lead to a motorcycle accident. This includes racing or speeding, following too closely, failing to use a turn signal when turning, running a red light, failing to yield the right of way and many others.
Motorcycle Part Failure or Malfunction
If a motorcycle or auto part fails or malfunctions, this may cause a serious collision. These cases often fall under the category of product liability, which covers injuries caused by defective products. Products that are poorly designed or are defective may not function as needed, causing an accident.
Motorcycles are more likely to be affected by hazards and obstacles on roadways, such as large potholes or debris. If a road was not properly maintained or designed and this led to a motorcycle accident, the city or county responsible for the roadway may be held responsible.
Discuss the potential cause of your accident and your legal rights with a knowledgeable professional. Call a McAllen motorcycle accident attorney today for your free consultation and find out how our firm can help you.