Hunter & Cassidy Law

3 times a driver might injure a motorcyclist

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2024 | Motor vehicle accidents

If you ride a motorcycle, you will be only too aware of the threat drivers can pose to you. However good a rider you are, you know it would only take one moment of negligence by a driver to end your life or leave you with severe injuries.

Understanding when collisions frequently occur can help you take extra caution in these moments:

When a driver is turning left

Drivers do not always check before turning left and can sometimes cut across a motorcyclist. The significant blind spots that some vehicles have can exacerbate the situation.

When  a driver is overtaking 

You can be riding along in your lane and suddenly find a driver bearing down toward you on the wrong side of the road. Opportunities for overtaking can be slim on roads with only one lane in each direction. Drivers can get impatient and overtake when they shouldn’t. They can also be bad at judging an oncoming motorcycle’s speed, so they might assume they have plenty of time to get around the other vehicle and back into their lane before you arrive when they don’t.

When slowing or pulling away at lights or in traffic

Distraction is common among drivers, and it can be worse when forced to slow down at a set of lights or in congestion. Some drivers think it is OK to pull out their phone or do some other task in these moments. Thus, they might not notice you and roll into the back of you. While the crash will probably be less devastating than one at high speed, it could still leave you with serious injuries, especially if they knock you into the path of another vehicle.

Despite bearing these things in mind, a driver could still injure you at some point on your journey. If so, you’ll need to learn how to hold them responsible for compensation.