Causes of San Bernardino Motorcycle Accidents
An Attorney Can Help Determine Cause & Seek Compensation
The leading causes of motorcycle accidents are similar to the leading causes of all traffic collisions. Drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving are the primary contributing factors, with defective bike or auto parts, poor weather and dangerous roads also playing a role in some crashes. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident and are interested in seeking financial compensation from the individual or company that is to blame, cause first needs to be determined. This is where a San Bernardino motorcycle accident attorney at Pacific Attorney Group can help.
At our firm, we know what factors often lead to motorcycle accidents. We know how to work with accident reconstruction professionals and piece together physical evidence and witness testimony to paint a clear picture of the sequence of events that led to a specific collision. We know how to present this information in court and during negotiations to seek a fair settlement or award on a client's behalf. Our attorneys have more than 35 years of combined legal experience and are totally committed to helping injured riders and their families rebuild after serious accidents.
Driving or riding a motorcycle is an activity that requires one's full attention. When drivers do not pay attention to the road, talk to passengers, text, eat, smoke or do anything other than driving, they increase their risk of being involved in accidents. Many motorcycle accidents can be attributed to distracted driving.
Safely operating a motorcycle is something that requires special training and experience. An inexperienced rider may be at a greater risk of being involved in an accident because he or she may be unsure of how to react in an emergency, may be unfamiliar with maneuvering his or her bike or may be more affected by poor weather or road conditions.
One of the greatest dangers riders face is not being seen by other drivers. Drivers are often not on the lookout for motorcycles, and this may mean that they fail to see riders until it is too late. Visibility may cause left-turn accidents, collisions when cars change lanes into a rider's bath, and other serious crashes.
Exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for current road, weather or traffic conditions increases the chances of an accident. It also increases the risk of serious injury or death because the force of impact will be greater in a high-speed collision. Speeding is a contributing factor in about one-third of traffic fatalities in the U.S., according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics.
Drunk Driving / Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
Alcohol and drugs impair judgment. They also may have a profound impact on physical abilities, such as reaction time and vision. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be at a higher risk of causing a motorcycle accident, which may leave rider seriously injured.
Traffic laws are in place to keep traffic moving and to promote safety on the road. Following too closely, weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, drunk driving, traffic light violations and failures to yield the right of way are examples of traffic violations that can cause a San Bernardino motorcycle accident.
Motorcycles and their parts must be properly manufactured and designed to function properly. The same applies to all motor vehicles. If a part is defective, a serious motorcycle accident may result in spite of a rider's experience and caution.
When a road, bridge, guardrail, traffic signal, road sign or any other part of a roadway or traffic system is defective, poorly designed or improperly maintained, a motorcyclist may pay the ultimate price. Motorcycles are more impacted by potholes, road debris and other roadway defects that can cause them to spin out of control and throw their riders.
Find out more about causes of motorcycle accidents and who may be responsible for your crash. Contact a San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyer today.