What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer in Reno, Nevada

Motorcycle accidents have many different causes. Any of a number of varied factors may influence a single collision, and as such it is important to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding an accident to determine its primary cause. This will help establish what party or parties should be held legally accountable for a victim's injuries. Whether an accident is traced to speeding, drunk driving or poorly maintained roads, the Reno motorcycle accident lawyers at Shook & Stone can take appropriate measures to help a victim seek justice.

Here we will consider various common and not-so-common causes of motorcycle accidents in the United States. Gaining an understanding of these causes may help you determine what could have caused your accident, and with the help of a lawyer you may then be able to recover a fair settlement or award from the at-fault party.

Driver Negligence & Wrongdoing

Driver negligence is the leading cause of traffic accidents in the U.S. Generally speaking, negligence may be defined as any act or inaction that constitutes a failure to provide proper care in the circumstances. Driver negligence or wrongdoing in a motorcycle accident may include such examples as follows:

  • A driver who is speeding and loses control on a slippery road, colliding with a motorcycle.
  • A driver who is texting and does not notice a stop sign, running through it and hitting a motorcycle.
  • A drunk driver who unintentionally swerves from his lane and strikes a motorcyclist.
  • A driver who is following too closely behind a motorcyclist, rear-ending the rider when he slows in response to traffic.
  • A driver who does not see a motorcyclist because she is looking at an in-vehicle navigation system, striking the rider.

All motorists have an obligation to obey traffic laws and to drive in a safe and reasonable manner. This includes keeping one's attention on the road and driving, rather than paying attention to one's cell phone, passengers or other distractions. If a driver commits a traffic violation (runs a red light, exceeds the speed limit, fails to yield the right of way, etc.) or otherwise acts negligently, and a motorcycle accident results, that driver may be held accountable.

Our attorneys are experienced in holding drunk, distracted and negligent drivers accountable for causing motorcycle accidents. We can seek maximum financial compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance policy and any other possible sources to help a victim rebuild.

Weather, Defective Parts & Other External Factors

Not all motorcycle accidents are caused solely by driver negligence. Some accidents can be attributed to poor weather, defective vehicle parts, hazardous roads or other external factors. In these cases, a party other than a motorist could be held accountable. Liability may also lie with more than one party, if a negligent driver and an external factor were behind a collision. A thorough investigation can yield insight regarding the primary cause of a motorcycle accident so legal responsibility can be established.

Defective Vehicle Parts
When defective motorcycle or automobile parts are to blame for a collision, the manufacturer may be held accountable. A distributer or retailer may also be liable, depending on the situation. Our lawyers will consider whether a poorly designed or manufactured vehicle part was behind an accident.

Hazardous Roads
Roads must be properly designed and maintained for motorcyclists and motorists to use them safely. Motorcyclists are more likely to be impacted by potholes, debris and other roadway hazards, and municipalities or other government entities may be held accountable if they were responsible for maintaining the roads.

Heavy Weather
Though we cannot hold a specific party accountable for heavy weather that results in a motorcycle accident, adverse weather can worsen the effects of distracted driving, drunk driving, speeding and other forms of driver negligence. We will consider what influence weather may have had on a driver's responsibility in causing a collision.

For more information, contact a Reno motorcycle accident attorney at our firm.

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