When motorcyclists are involved in an accident, they have little protection, which makes them particularly susceptible to injury. Motorcycle accidents can result in severe injury or death for motorcyclists and passengers and bystanders in New York.
Types of motorcycle accidents
Head-on collisions are one of motorcycle accidents’ most common and dangerous types. Accidents often occur when a motorist fails to see a motorcyclist and turns into their path or when a motorcyclist collides with another vehicle head-on.
Another common type of motorcycle accident is when a motorist rear-ends a motorcyclist. Following a motorcycle too closely can result in not having enough time to stop correctly when the bike slows or stops. Thirdly, motorcyclists can also get involved in single-vehicle accidents. Finally, motorcyclists often lose control of their bikes when hitting or avoiding road hazards, wet conditions, or other vehicles.
Causes of motorcycle accidents
Like motor vehicle accidents, one of the most common causes of fatal motorcycle accidents are driver error. Distracted driving, speeding and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol contribute to accidents. However, there are also many non-driver-related causes of motorcycle accidents. Mechanical problems with the bike, bad weather conditions and road hazards are among the top issues motorcyclists face. Accidents are sometimes caused by the motorcyclist being inexperienced or riding in an unfamiliar area.
While various factors can cause motorcycle accidents, there are some common themes. Understanding these causes can help to prevent accidents from happening in the first place. If you or someone you know gets involved in a motorcycle accident, it’s essential to seek medical attention as soon as possible whether or not you think you’ve been injured; remember that some injuries may not be immediately apparent.