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Posted in Motorcycle Accidents on April 6, 2022   |  by Gary Burger

Most Common Types of Collisions Between Cars and Motorcycles

Most Common Types of Collisions Between Cars and Motorcycles. If you or a loved one have been injured in a motorcycle crash, call the personal injury lawyers of Burger law today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online. We are based in both Chicago and St. Louis, and get great results for the injured throughout Missouri and Illinois.

Few thing compare to the freedom and thrill that a motorcycle offers on the open road. Motorcycles, however, do carry certain inherent risks due to bikers being much less protected than trucks or people in typical passenger vehicles. While it's important for motorcyclists to understand and follow safety tips and precautions, sometimes other drivers are negligent and you end up injured through no fault of your own. Cars need to be on the lookout for motorcycles, and when they're not it can have devastating consequences. The motorcycle accident lawyers of Burger Law have over 70 years of combined experience getting great compensation for people injured while riding.

Most Common Types of Collisions Between Cars and Motorcycles

Often, a key aspect of safety in any situation is just being aware of the potential dangers. Below are some of the most common types and causes we see in Missouri and Illinois in accidents between motorcycles and cars.

Drunk Driving or Alcohol Impairment

Drunk driving kills more people than any other dangerous driving in the U.S., and it's no different with motorcycles. Thirty-two percent of motorcycle fatalities were in alcohol-related accidents.

Left-Hand Turns

Cars turning left at an intersection often fail to yield the right of way to a motorcycle going straight, usually because the passenger car driver simply doesn't see them. Intersections are the most common place for a car and motorcycle to collide. Over 42 percent of all motorcycle collisions with cars are due to a car making a left-hand turn.

Blind Spots

Despite rearview and side mirrors, most cars have blind spots. Because motorcycles are smaller and harder to notice, many car drivers may not see them when changing lanes.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a leading cause of any kind of motor vehicle accident. It is an especially frequent cause in motorcycle accidents, as motorcycles are harder for a car driver to see out of the corner of their eye than other cars or trucks.

Defective Motorcycles

Motorcycle manufacturers have a responsibility to safely design bikes, and recall any components that are found to be dangerous. If they fail to do so and you end up injured as a result, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer or vendor.

Road Hazards and Fixed Object Collisions

Road hazards are much more dangerous to motorcycles than to cars. They can cause a motorcyclist to quickly lose balance and tilt over. Some common road hazards that can cause a motorcycle to collide with a car are:

  • Potholes
  • Roadkill
  • Cracked or uneven pavement
  • Slippery pavement

Hitting a fixed object, such as a sign, is often the result of motorcycle error. However, if the sign was improperly placed, or a road hazard should have been fixed but wasn't, your motorcycle crash lawyer may be able to help you bring a claim against the government.

Motorcycle Crash Lawyer | Burger Law

If you've been injured because after you collided with a car because of somebody else's negligence, the motorcycle accident attorneys of Burger Law will fight by your side, stand up to the insurance companies and get you the great financial compensation you deserve and need to recover from your injuries. Call us today at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online for a free case evaluation.