Spring has sprung, and soon there will be more chances to enjoy rides on your motorcycle. Even if you ride during winter, you undoubtedly look forward to more days of ideal riding weather as summer approaches.
A motorcycle can be a great way to get from here to there, but every year, devastating motorcycle accidents happen in West Virginia when car and truck drivers are negligent.
Below are three of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in West Virginia.
Failure to see motorcyclists
No matter how much awareness we try to raise about the importance of keeping eyes open for motorcycles, serious crashes are caused every year by drivers’ failure to see riders. As with many motor vehicle accidents, distracted driving is a major factor in these cases. Another obvious cause is failure to check blind spots for riders.
Turning left in front of oncoming motorcycles
Typically, these are situations where the driver in the car or truck is supposed to yield to oncoming traffic, but either the driver fails to see the approaching motorcycle, or the driver tries to “sneak through” in front of the bike. In either case, the consequences can be devastating.
Illegal lane changes
You have undoubtedly seen drivers failing to use their blinkers or simply infringing on a motorcyclist’s space by changing lanes illegally. These violations can force riders off the road or into other traffic, or the offending vehicle may actually collide with a rider.
Know your options after a crash
This spring, be safe out there. If you or someone you love is injured in a motorcycle accident, talk to a personal injury attorney who has a deep understanding of these cases and can help you get the full and fair compensation you deserve. To learn more, please see our Motorcycle Accident FAQ.