There are more motorcycle accidents in the summer than any other time of year. It makes sense. The good weather allows for more time out with the bike, and so there are more motorcycles on the road. The question is, what's causing all of these accidents?
Improper Experience and Protection
Motorcycle accidents, like any other accident, can occur for any number of reasons. One of the main causes is a lack of riding skill. That's why it's important that you practice and gain some experience before taking to the road regularly. Another cause is a lack of proper safety gear. If you're riding with no helmet or other protective gear, an accident can turn out far more devastating than if you did have the proper gear.
Behaviors that Cause Accidents
There are many avoidable behaviors that can lead to a motorcycle accident. These behaviors are twofold, because they require you to behave a certain way, but also for other motorists to understand your actions. This is one of the dangers of riding a motorcycle. It requires both you and others on the road to pay extra attention. Some of these behaviors include the following:
Not using turn signals – If you don't signal, other motorists will not know that you intend to turn. If others don't signal, you will not know they intend to turn. In either case, an accident can happen.
Driving between lanes or between traffic – This is risky behavior, and it doesn't take into account how hard it is for other motorists to see someone who is on a motorcycle.
Driving under the influence – No matter the vehicle, drinking or using any substance that can impact your senses or judgment is a terrible idea, and will likely lead to an accident.
These behaviors can certainly cause accidents. Unfortunately, if you're the one with the bad behaviors, it can ruin your chance of a personal injury claim.
Your Place on the Road
No matter how an accident occurs, there's always the possibility that you can receive recompense for your injuries. Accidents aren't always your fault; many of them occur because others have trouble seeing you.
Keep in mind that motorcycles are smaller, lower, and lighter than other vehicles on the road. Since the law allows motorcycles on the road, it means that others need to practice their due diligence just as much as you do.
Speak to a Lawyer In All Cases
If an accident occurs, you will need a lawyer to help you prove your case. Consider everything, from the riskiness, to the low visibility, to the mutual sharing of the road. An accident can occur, and even if you're partially to blame, it doesn't mean that you can't pursue a case. If an accident does occur, seek medical attention immediately. After that, get in contact with a professional motorcycle accident attorney.