Operators of all vehicles that share the road must behave courteously towards one another to prevent accidents. Consider this: a wreck that causes minor damage to a passenger vehicle can be devastating to a person riding a motorcycle. Along with loss of life, a motorcycle accident can lead to serious injuries, decreased mobility, and other long-term physical effects that lower your quality of life significantly.
How Do Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
The majority of motorcycle accidents occur due to other drivers’ failing to see and keep a proper lookout for motorcyclists on the road. Motorcycles are easy to miss on the road when a person is distracted or not making sure the lanes are clear. There are many other causes of motorcycle accidents, including:
- Failure to check one’s blind spot before changing lanes
- Not signaling properly
- Driving at an unsafe speed, which reduces reaction time
- Driving aggressively or experiencing fits of road rage
- Tailgating too close to a motorcycle to react appropriately to a sudden stop
- Driver inexperience
- Poor road conditions, which have a bigger impact on motorcycles than passenger vehicles
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
What Should You Do If You’re Injured While Riding Your Motorcycle?
A motorcycle accident can lead to devastating injuries. These injuries may affect your mobility and prevent you from earning a living. You’ll also be subject to exorbitant medical bills, which may not be covered by your insurance—especially if you lose your job to a disability. There is also the emotional component of being injured in a serious auto accident. You might feel depression about what occurred, or experience anxiety about what the future will bring.
Martinez, Hart, Thompson & Sanchez, P.C. supports injured motorcyclists by holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions. We can help you with an insurance claim or represent you in court if the case goes to trial. If you’d like to discuss your situation with a skilled and compassionate accident attorney, please call 505-343-1776 to schedule a consultation.