Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Austin
When a collision occurs between a motorcycle and another vehicle, it is the motorcycle rider and/or passenger who will likely suffer serious or even fatal injuries. As such, knowing and understanding the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help riders avoid a serious crash. Some of the most common motorcycle accident causes include:
- Alcohol or drug use: Alcohol and/or drug use on the part of a motorcyclist or on the part of another motorist is one of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. When a motorist is impaired by drugs or alcohol, he or she is more likely to lose control of the vehicle and cause a collision.
- Failing to yield the right-of-way: Motorcycle riders and passengers are often victims of crashes where the other driver fails to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or while making a turn into a parking lot or driveway. Negligent drivers often fail to observe oncoming motorcyclists before making a turn.
- Distracted driving: A distracted driver who is texting or looking at a cell phone is more likely to cause a devastating motorcycle accident.
- Unsafe lane changes: When a motorist makes a lane change in front of a motorcycle, the rider has very little time to avoid the collision.
- Dangerous roadway conditions: Potholes, uneven pavement, and intersections that lack visibility are examples of dangerous and defective roadway conditions that can cause devastating motorcycle accidents.
- Defective products: A faulty part or a defectively manufactured motorcycle can also cause the rider to lose control and crash.
Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the at-fault party can be held liable for a motorcycle accident. The experienced Austin motorcycle accident injury lawyers at the King Law Firm help injured motorcycle accident victims obtain fair compensation for their significant losses. Please contact us at (512) 514-6633 to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights or use our online Contact Form for assistance.