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