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How to Avoid 3 of the Most Common Motorcycle Accidents

Scott Monge

Serious motorcycle accidents almost always cause severe injuries or fatalities. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there was an average of 146 motorcycle fatalities per year between 2008 and 2012 despite increased use of helmets and other safety equipment.

There are many factors that cause motorcycle accidents, but some are more common than others. With the correct approach and by keeping the most common motorcycle accident causes in mind, a defensive motorcyclist may be able to avoid these accidents.

Even the most cautious and skilled motorcycle riders can get caught up in serious crashes, though. If you were an innocent victim in an accident, an Atlanta personal-injury lawyer may be able to help.

At Monge & Associates, we handle a wide range of personal-injury cases, including car crashes and motorcycle accidents. Scott Monge has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia for more than 20 years, and he can evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid claim.

With the right approach, you may be able to recover costs associated with medical expenses or lost wages. Call Monge & Associates today at (800) 860-8021 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Here are three common causes of motorcycle accidents:

Single-Vehicle Crashes

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, approximately half of all fatal motorcycle crashes do not involve other vehicles. The key factors that contribute to these accidents are alcohol and high speed. According to the IIHS, close to 50 percent of fatal crashes in 2012 were due to speeding.

This is one of the easiest motorcycle accidents to avoid. Research shows that speed reduction and not riding while under the influence drastically reduces the risk of a crash.

Left-Turning Cars

Cars turning left are one of the biggest dangers for motorcyclists. This is actually the most common cause of motorcycle crashes involving cars. Drivers often fail to see oncoming motorcycles or misjudge their speed and believe they can turn in front of them safely.

Defensive riding and alert anticipation are key when it comes to avoiding serious crashes with left-turning cars. When approaching intersections, look for signs that a driver may be about to turn, and reduce your speed so that if the motorist does cut you off, you are able to take evasive action.

Lane-Changing Cars

Cars that change lanes without warning are a serious risk for motorcyclists. Bikes are small and often go unnoticed in motorists’ blind spots, and the results can be catastrophic.

Always be aware of these blind spots, and avoid riding in them for extended periods. Generally, if you cannot see the driver, the driver cannot see you. It is often best to hold back and wait until it is safe to pass without getting stuck in a blind spot.

Do not struggle alone with your accident injuries or expensive medical bills. At Monge & Associates, we can evaluate your case and determine if you may be eligible for compensation. Call Atlanta personal-injury attorney Scott Monge today at (800) 860-8021 — Because You Want to Win.

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