Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents By Larry A. Tawwater on January 10, 2022

motorcycle helmet on the ground Even when motorcyclists wear helmets and other protective gear, they are vulnerable to serious injuries if they are involved in an accident. Motorcycle accidents can be life changing, sometimes causing permanent injuries or even death.   

At Tawwater Law Firm, our attorneys represent clients involved in all types of motorcycle accidents in Oklahoma CityOK, and surrounding areas. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact our law firm to find out how we can help you. 

Let’s take a closer look now at some of the most common types of motorcycle accidents facing motorcyclists on the road today. 

Lane Splitting

Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic, usually when traffic is slow or at a standstill. Although not legal in Oklahoma City and the rest of the state, lane splitting still occurs and can lead to accidents. 

Lane splitting in places where it is not legal is especially risky as other motorists may not be expecting motorcyclists to pass them between lanes. 

Left-turn Accidents 

A left-turn accident occurs when one vehicle turns left in the path of oncoming traffic. Left-turn accidents are most common at intersections without a protected left turn (green arrow) signal light. 

At these types of intersections, those wishing to turn left must yield to oncoming traffic. Sometimes, motorists misjudge the distance and speed of oncoming traffic or they may fail to yield and cause an accident. 

For motorcyclists, a left-turn accident can lead to serious injuries or even death.

Excessive Speed

Many accidents are caused by motorists driving too fast. When people drive their vehicles or motorcycles too fast, they may not be able to stop in time to avoid other vehicles or hazards on the road. 

When people drive their cars too fast, they may fail to see a motorcyclist and cause a devastating crash.

Driving Under the Influence

Although drunk driving is extremely dangerous, it’s far too common. Driving under the influence of alcohol can sadly lead to accidents with other vehicles on the road. 

When motorcycles are nearby, drunk drivers may not be able to see them or may make poor decisions that can cause an accident. 

Potholes and Other Road Hazards

Potholes pose a particular risk to motorcyclists. Riding a motorcycle over a pothole can cause a serious accident. The motorcycle may flip over or veer into traffic. 

Other road hazards, including gravel, standing water, slick surfaces, and debris, can cause motorcyclists to lose control and crash their bikes.

Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving is a common cause of accidents on the road, including motorcycle accidents. Distracted driving occurs anytime a driver’s attention is removed from driving. Common examples of distracted driving include texting, eating, talking to passengers, and reaching for something in the back seat.  

Seek Compensation for Your Injuries

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To discuss your options for recovering compensation, call our Oklahoma City law firm at (405) 673-8021 or schedule a consultation online

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