Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Tampa Motorcycle Accidents and Their Contributing Factors
Every accident is different, and the specific factors that led to its occurrence may vary widely. That said, there are several causes we see more frequently than others when it comes to motorcycle-involved collisions. We can draw conclusions from motorcycle accident statistics and can analyze this information to get a better idea of what parties may be held legally responsible.
At Givens Givens Sparks, we represent victims of motorcycle accidents in and around Tampa, Florida. If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we may be able to help with a specific case, we welcome you to call and schedule a free case review at any time. A Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer can offer insight that applies to your unique situation.
You can also learn more about the leading causes of motorcycle collisions by reviewing the information on this website.
Issues with Visibility
One of the greatest dangers motorcyclists face involves the ability of other drivers to see them and their bikes. Far too many motorcycle accidents have been caused by drivers who just "didn't see" the motorcyclist or who say "the motorcycle came out of nowhere." Obviously a motorcycle would not materialize out of thin air, so these collisions involve drivers who were not looking for motorcycles. Bikes are smaller and more difficult to see than other vehicles, but this does not excuse a distracted or careless driver.
Failing to yield the right of way, running a red light, speeding, drunk driving, following too closely – the types of traffic violations that may lead to motorcycle accidents are numerous. Traffic laws are in place to keep our roads safe and to keep traffic flowing. Motorists and motorcyclists who violate traffic laws greatly increase their chances of being involved in collisions.
Distracted and Drunk Drivers
A driver who is distracted or driving under the influence of alcohol cannot operate a motor vehicle as well as a distraction and alcohol-free driver. Texting while driving has been shown to increase a driver's chances of an accident by 23 times, according to a study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Alcohol and drugs, including prescription medications, can impair vision, motor skills, reaction time and judgment. Distracted and drunk drivers can cause serious motorcycle accidents.
When a motorcyclist or other driver speeds, his or her ability to safely maneuver a vehicle will be adversely affected. Speeding may be defined as driving faster than the posted speed limit on a roadway or driving faster than is safe for current weather, traffic or road conditions. Speeding contributes to about one-third of traffic fatalities in the U.S. each year and is also a leading cause of motorcycle-involved collisions.
Motorcyclists who are inexperienced are at a greater risk of causing or being involved in traffic accidents. An unlicensed rider or a rider with little experience may not know how to react to a hazard in the road or another emergency situation, for example. An inexperienced rider may also be unfamiliar with operating a bike on steep curves or slick roads. Lack of experience is another potential cause of motorcycle accidents.
Some motorcycle collisions can be traced to third parties, which would include someone other than the motorcyclist or another driver. Defective motorcycle parts, hazardous roadways and adverse weather conditions are three examples of external factors that may lead to motorcycle crashes.
Ask a Tampa Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you want to discuss your case and what may have caused your accident, call a Tampa motorcycle accident attorney at our firm. During a free consultation, you can ask any pressing questions and can gain insight that will help you make informed choices about your case. We are experienced, dedicated and ready to fight for our clients' rights in motorcycle accident claims and lawsuits.
The process of filing a claim or lawsuit can be complex, and insurance companies often deny certain types of valid claims or offer a low settlement in the hopes that you will accept it. Fortunately, our firm never relents until you receive a fair settlement or verdict. How do you know what amount is fair?
That is where our team of lawyers can help. There are many types of damages that are possible in any injury case, and evaluating your case before moving forward is a key factor in the amount of the settlement you will receive. We are well versed in all aspects of personal injury law and know how to present your case in a way that brings about the optimum results.