Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries to the riders. Even if the motorcyclist is wearing the required safety gear and is following traffic laws, he or she could still be struck by a negligent or reckless motor vehicle driver, resulting in a serious crash.
The rider may suffer devastating injuries that can greatly inhibit his or her quality of life going forward. In the most serious cases, the rider may die from his or her injuries.
After a motorcycle crash, you may want to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer in Glendale, AZ, to protect your right to seek compensation. At Zanes Law, we will help you pursue a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim. Call us today at (866) 499-8989 for a free consultation.
Potential Causes for Motorcycle Crashes
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, roughly 2,806 motorcycle crashes happened across the state in 2018, resulting in 150 death and 2,248 injuries.
Many motorcycle accidents result from dangerous situations created by motor vehicle drivers who are behaving recklessly. Sharing the road with negligent drivers only increases the chance of serious injury in an accident for a motorcyclist since they lack the extra layer of protection offered by a car.
A variety of negligent behaviors on the road can lead to a motorcycle accident.
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Someone who is talking or texting on a smartphone while driving is violating Arizona’s hands-free mode law. A distracted driver may drive recklessly without realizing it or may not see a motorcycle until it is too late, causing a significant accident. Distracted driving also encompasses accidents caused because the driver was eating, applying makeup, adjusting the radio, consulting their GPS, or paying attention to anything other than the road.
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Driving Under the Influence
Motor vehicle drivers who have been drinking alcohol or abusing drugs present a risk to all other drivers on the road, including motorcyclists. Impaired driving, even if it does not reach the level of a DUI, can cause a motor vehicle operator to make a mistake that results in an accident with a motorcycle.
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Failure to Follow Traffic Regulations
If a driver violates traffic laws, such as by running stop signs, speeding, running red lights, or driving recklessly, the chances of the driver causing an accident increase. If the driver is not paying attention to traffic regulations, the drive may fail to keep a lookout for motorcyclists as well, potentially causing a dangerous situation.
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If a motor vehicle driver is struggling to stay awake, he or she is going to make mistakes on the roadways. This could lead to a crash with a motorcycle. Fatigued driving can be caused by a lack of sleep, driving too many hours continuously, sleep disorders, or side effects from medications.
Following Too Closely
If the motor vehicle operator drives too near to the motorcycle, it could distract the motorcyclist, causing him or her to lose control. If the motorcyclist must come to a sudden stop, the car may strike the motorcycle from the rear, causing injuries.
Failure to Stay Within a Lane
A serious problem for motorcyclists is a motor vehicle driver veering out of his or her lane and into the motorcycle’s path. It only takes a slight loss of lane maintenance from the vehicle to cause the motorcyclist to panic, lose control, and crash.
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