An afternoon motorcycle ride with friends and family is a favorite pastime for many Americans. However, this refreshing expedition can take a tragic turn if you are involved in a motorcycle accident.
Motorbike accidents are caused by a number of factors. Some may involve the biker’s reckless conduct. However, most are usually attributed to the fault of other road users. If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident that is not your fault, you deserve justice.
Here are the top four causes of motorcycle accidents.
Whether they are rushing to pick up a child from school or beat an important deadline, road users who speed risk their lives as well as other road users. Alongside speeding, reckless riders and drivers who tailgate, swerve abruptly or weave in and out of traffic also present a serious risk to other road users, including motorcyclists.
Sometimes, careless riding can get to the next level and become outright aggression. These bikers deliberately ride in a manner that disregards the other road users, thus increasing the risk of catastrophic accidents.
Riding under influence
Just like driving while intoxicated, operating a motorbike under the influence is a leading cause of motorcycle-related accidents. A drunk biker or one who is under the influence of an illegal substance or prescription medication may have their judgment impaired resulting in an accident.
There is no doubt that operating a motorbike requires focus. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some riders to endanger their lives by engaging in distractive activities like talking on the phone, going live on Facebook or taking selfies while cruising around. A great rule of thumb would be to keep your phone away while riding your bike.
A motorbike accident can leave you with devastating injuries. Knowing your rights under the law can help you pursue the compensation you deserve if you are hurt in a motorbike accident that is not your fault.