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Motor vehicles pose risks for Indiana motorcyclists

Posted by Ken Doane | Jul 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Motorcycle riders in Indiana and Kentucky undoubtedly know that there are potential risks to riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, sometimes these risks may lead to motorcycle accidents.

Frighteningly, motorcyclists are often at the mercy of other drivers on the road, as approximately two-thirds of motorcycle accidents that involve another vehicle are due to the other driver causing the accident. Most commonly, another driver causes a motorcycle collision by violating a motorcyclist's right-of-way. A negligent driver who is not fully paying attention to his or her surroundings may not see a motorcyclist and may quickly change lanes, leading to catastrophic, and potentially deadly, consequences.

There are a number of reasons that a motorcyclist may be the victim of a dangerous motorcycle crash. One common factor in accidents is the smaller physical profile of motorcycles. Due to their smaller size, a distracted driver may not see a motorcyclist at an intersection and can subsequently cause a collision. Approximately 70 percent of collisions involving motorcycles and vehicles occur at intersections. Poor weather conditions can also obscure a motorcyclist, leading to potentially deadly results, as can other dangerous road conditions.

Road hazards can be particularly troublesome for motorcyclists. A motorcyclist who encounters a pothole, oil slick or other debris in the road, may be at more risk for an accident than a motor vehicle driver. Furthermore, a road hazard that causes a vehicle driver to swerve into oncoming traffic may lead to a deadly collision.

A Kentuckiana motorcyclist who has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver may have a legal cause of action. Holding a negligent party responsible for his or her role in an accident can be the first step to regaining control of one's life following an accident.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed July 15, 2016

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Ken Doane

Ken is an experienced personal injury attorney and practices in southern Indiana and the metro Louisville area. Ken and his team handle every aspect of his clients' cases from pre-suit settlement negotiations through jury trial and appeal, if necessary. He has practiced for over 22 years and has ...

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