As motorcycle accident attorneys who represent injured motorcyclists across the country, we have seen nearly every possible way that a motorcycle can get in an accident, in cities, on highways, and on the open road. From losing control, to being run off the road, to rear ends and cut offs, we know just how easily motorcyclists become victims in accidents. But perhaps the most common way that an accident happens is when a motorcyclist is travelling straight and hits the side of, or is run into by, a left-turning car that has failed to yield the right of way at the intersection. A classic t-bone. And almost every time, it is simply because the car driver has not been paying close enough attention and fails to notice the motorcycle. Being smaller vehicles, obviously, motorcycles are immediately more difficult for drivers to see. Whether it is the single headlight at night or simply that they take up less room in the lanes, distracted and absent-minded drivers often overlook bikes to the major detriment of the biker.
As drivers, more alert, aware driving is absolutely necessary. But as a motorcycle rider, it is important to be aware of the frequency of these collisions as well. Always be especially attentive while approaching intersections so that, in case a car should pull out in front, you are able to react as quick as possible, and hopefully avoid the accident. And should collision be unavoidable, at the very least, the damage to your body and your bike can be reduced, and the less costly the accident will be. We, the motorcycle accident lawyers at Kass & Moses, will be sure to do everything we can to recover compensation for you in case of an accident, but we are much happier when we can help bikers avoid accidents completely.
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We have seen some terrible accidents, one recently in this exact situation where a father was riding with his son clutched to his back, and a car pulled out in front of them trying to make a left turn. They collided with the side of the hood and were sent flying in the air, clearing the car easily, and landed hard on the street. Luckily, the son did not sustain any injuries too major, but his father did. He sustained such damage to the side of his body he fell on, he will likely have pain for the remainder of his life. And with that pain, he’ll be reminded of the accident that nearly damaged his son’s life irreparably, and that did irreparably damage his own. It would be foolish to say this accident was avoidable, but its severity may have been reduced, even if just slightly, had the father been able to slow down more before the collision. Whether or not this was possible is hard to say, but it can only help to be aware of this type of accident. They happen too frequently and can be incredibly difficult to recover from. So be alert and attentive at every intersection, because other drivers may not be.