Bikers are more likely to become severely injured in a motorcycle accident than automobile passengers are. As such, they must be especially vigilant to avoid becoming involved in one. Here are the most common biker accidents a NY motorcycle accident attorney might encounter, so that you can take measures to avoid them.
Motorcycle Head-on Collisions
Head-on collisions account for more than half of all motorcycle deaths. Cars may strike a motorcycle from the front whenever they are passing and fail to notice an oncoming vehicle, or when operators are going the wrong way down a one-way street. To avoid being hit head on, riders should keep their headlights on and double check to ensure they are not going the wrong way.
Motorcycles Making Left-Hand Turns
A number of motorcycle accidents also occur whenever an automobile driver is turning left. This most often happens whenever a motorcycle driver is going straight through an intersection. As such, it is important to look both ways before entering an intersection in order to spot people who might be turning left in front of them.
Riders can also be struck whenever they are coming alongside a vehicle that then decides to turn left. Those who plan on passing a vehicle should make sure the driver of that car sees them so they are not caught off guard by sudden left turns.
Lane splitting involves a rider going between two stopped lanes of traffic, and is often done in traffic jams. This poses a problem, because drivers do not expect motorcycles to do this. As a result, the motorcycle rider could easily get struck whenever the car on either side makes a sudden movement. Lane splitting is dangerous, and should be avoided completely.
Even when motorcycle riders do their part to stay safe, they can still become injured due to the carelessness of another. View the Motorcycle Laws of New York City If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson today.