Motorcycle Intersection Accident
Lowman Law Firm Serves Spring Hill, Brooksville and Outlying Areas for Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents mark a special place in traffic law. Unfortunately, they represent a disproportionately high fatality rate, a very grim and tragic fact that all riders must face when they make the decision to own a bike.
Motorcycle Accidents and Intersections
Motorcycle intersection accidents are particularly confounding because so often they point to an oversight by the driver of a car or truck…even when the motorcyclist has the right-of- way. According to researcher Harry Hurt of The University of Southern California, in a study he conducted partially funded by The National Highway Traffic Association, “The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.”
This is so true that anecdotal evidence permeates the conversations of everyone who knows someone who rides. Cautionary tales are invisible accessories you purchase when you buy a motorcycle.
The Road as a Hazard: Motorcycle Accident Causes
Sometimes it’s a case where traffic lights are ill-timed to compensate for the heavy flow of traffic. In this instance, a motorcyclist is, as always, at higher risk to be involved in an accident. Because it’s more difficult to see a motorcycle, a rider who is passing under a caution light necessarily puts him or herself in a statistically worse situation, virtually stranding themselves under a changing traffic signal and increasing their vulnerability to being struck by another vehicle.
Likewise potholes and other road conditions contribute to motorcycle wrecks. According to the same study cited above, “Roadway defects (pavement ridges, potholes, etc.) were the accident cause in 2% of the accidents; animal involvement was 1% of the accidents.“
Still, with these facts in mind, the study concluded that, “Intersections are the most likely place for the motorcycle accident, with the other vehicle violating the motorcycle right-of-way, and often violating traffic controls.” Indeed, intersections pose an imminent and specific threat to all drivers, notably motorcyclists.
Motorcyclists should always:
- Know their equipment
- Have and wear proper safety gear
- Exercise caution for two: anticipate that drivers of cars and trucks can’t see you
- Avoid tailgating
- Obey traffic laws
- Proceed with care and caution at all intersections
For Motorcycle Accidents at Intersections
If you or someone you know has been the victim of driver negligence in an intersection while riding a motorcycle in Hernando County or Central Florida, contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Lowman Law Firm in Spring Hill, Florida.
- Distracted driving
- Driver negligence
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Unsafe lane changes
- Drunk or impaired driving