As the Pacific Northwest begins to enjoy warmer weather, more motorcycles will take to the open road. Unfortunately, even the most experienced motorcycle drivers may wind up sustaining major injuries resulting from some form of collision. According to data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,014 motorcyclists died in motor vehicle crashes in 2019. Whether you drive a motorcycle or car, it’s important to recognize some of the factors contributing to motorcycle accidents in the Portland and Vancouver area. Here are some of these factors and ways to protect yourself from life-altering injuries in the future.
When a car, truck, or motorcycle changes lanes, there’s a possibility that the driver won’t notice another vehicle already occupying the other lane. Sometimes, drives fail to check their blind spots and change lanes too hastily, resulting in a collision. If you intend to change lanes, take your time assessing the situation and only move when you’ve determined that it is safe to do so. However, if another vehicle indicates that it intends to move into your lane, give the driver space and prepare to react if they make any sudden moves.
Many motorcycle accidents occur when larger vehicles attempt to make a left turn. When a larger vehicle neglects to check oncoming traffic for motorcycles or other vehicles when making a left turn, this failure can lead to serious bodily injury. In addition, the other vehicles tend to be much larger than motorcycles; when coupled with the vehicle’s acceleration, the results can cause significant damage to a motorcycle driver. As you approach an intersection, assess the area to ensure it is safe to proceed or complete your left turn.
Driving Under the Influence or Speeding
Reckless driving behaviors, such as speeding or driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substance that may impair your ability to drive safely, can put you and others on the road at increased risk of injury. Make sure that you only get behind the wheel when you are clear-headed and alert. Even if you are sober, remember that other drivers on the road may be impaired. Keep an eye out for erratic driving behaviors and steer clear of weaving or speeding vehicles.
If you have suffered a motorcycle or car accident injury in the Portland or Vancouver area and need help seeking compensation, reach out to Henderson Taylor Law Firm at (360) 737-1478 today to get started with a trusted and compassionate personal injury lawyer.