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What are common types of motorcycle collisions?

Traveling in any vehicle presents the possibility of being involved in an accident. Traveling by motorcycle can be particularly dangerous, as this mode of transportation provides less protection for a driver in the event of a collision. Virginia motorcyclists ought to be aware of some of the most common motorcycle accidents to help them avoid catastrophic injuries.

The most common type of motorcycle accident occurs when a car turns left in front of a motorcyclist. This sort of accident may occur because a distracted driver does not see a motorcyclist or does not judge a biker’s speed accurately. Regardless of the reason, such an accident can cause significant injury for a biker. Similarly, accidents may occur when a car changes lanes into the lane where a motorcyclist is driving. Often, vehicle drivers are not looking for motorcyclists and their failure to be fully aware of their surroundings can be deadly for a biker.

Motorcycle collisions also occur when bikers are hit from behind by cars. While a motor vehicle driver certainly should be able to see a motorcyclist stopped in front of them, due to inattention or reckless driving, sometimes a driver will not see a motorcyclist who has stopped at an intersection or stop sign. The collision may appear to be only a fender bender at first, but such a fender bender can be fatal for a motorcyclist.

Unfortunately, simply being aware of some of the more common types of motorcycle accidents will not ensure a motorcyclist’s safety, as there will always be negligent drivers on the road who create the risk of unavoidable accidents. If you have been injured by a negligent driver in a motorcycle accident, you may wish to speak with an attorney regarding your legal options.

Source:, “10 Common Motorcycle Accidents And How To Avoid Them,” Wes Siler, August 12, 2013


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