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3 Most Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Posted on in Motorcycle Accidents

IL injury lawyerBeing involved in any type of collision, no matter how minor, can put a motorcyclist at extreme risk of harm. Motorcycle accidents can result in injuries severe enough to alter the course of a person’s life. While the risk of a traumatic brain injury can be somewhat mitigated with the proper use of a motorcycle helmet, the risk of neck and spinal cord injuries generally cannot. Neck and back injuries can cause paralysis, or long-lasting pain and disability. Wrongful death cases related to fatal motorcycle accidents must all too often be brought by the victim’s surviving family members. While motorcyclists encounter many sources of danger on the roads, careless drivers are perhaps the single greatest threat. Drivers often fail to use reasonable caution in sharing the road with motorcyclists, who have little protection in the event of an impact. If you were injured by a careless driver while riding a motorcycle, an attorney may be able to help you recover compensation.

Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Careless Drivers

In collisions between cars and motorcycles, the motorcyclist is far more likely to suffer a severe injury, yet the driver is likely to be at fault. The forms that these accidents often take include:

  • Sideswipe - Sideswipe collisions often occur when the driver of a car fails to appropriately check their blind spot before changing lanes. Without checking their blind spot, a driver can very easily miss seeing someone riding a motorcycle. The motorcyclist can be pushed off the road completely, or into another lane, creating substantial risk of a secondary collision.
  • Near-miss - A driver can do severe harm to a motorcyclist without physically hitting them at all. Inattentive drivers often set themselves on a course where they are inevitably going to strike a motorcyclist if the motorcyclist does not immediately take evasive action. Steering away from the car may prevent a very serious accident, but the motorcyclist may instead collide with a stationary object or lose control of their bike.
  • Rear-end - Careless drivers may simply not be devoting the attention required to spot a motorcyclist ahead of them to the road. Inattentiveness can cause drivers to not become aware of a motorcyclist slowing down or stopping ahead of them in time to prevent a rear-end collision.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact a Lake County Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. is experienced in representing motorcyclists who have been injured by careless drivers. Our skilled Waukegan motorcycle accident attorneys will strive to recover the highest possible amount of compensation for you. Call 847-662-3303 for a free consultation.




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