In 2017, Virginia saw more than 2,000 motorcycle accidents that resulted in nearly 1,700 injuries and deaths across the state. Most of these crashes were caused by other car drivers turning left through an intersection, changing lanes, or rear-ending motorcyclists who they failed to spot. Other accidents were caused when motorcyclists failed to address road conditions or attempted to maneuver the road while traveling too fast. These common accidents, and the serious injuries that result, can often be avoided with a simple amount of care.
Preventing Common Motorcycle Accidents
Given the exposed nature of a motorcycle and the seriousness of the crashes that can occur, it’s important for motorcyclists to remain attentive on the road. Even following these easy tips can help avoid a dangerous accident:
- Follow the speed limit. Often, other vehicles are not able to accurately judge the speed of a motorcycle, especially when it is traveling faster than the posted speed limit allows. It is also more difficult for a motorcyclist to address changing road or traffic conditions when speeding.
- Stay out of blind spots. Do your best to avoid riding in the blind spots of another vehicle. It can be hard to spot a motorcycle, which is smaller and can be faster than most other vehicles on the road.
- Maintain a safe following distance. Avoid tailgating, and give yourself ample space to stop. This can also help make a motorcycle more visible to other drivers.
- Avoid drunk driving. While driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, it is especially dangerous on a motorcycle. Nationwide, alcohol played a role in about one-third of all motorcycle crashes in 2017.
- Maintain your motorcycle. Ensure that your motorcycle is in proper working order. Check your tires and lights frequently, and address any mechanical issues as soon as you become aware of them.
When You’ve Suffered Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident
In general, motorcyclists suffer the most serious injuries in a crash with another vehicle, and when that happens, recovery can be long and difficult. Motorcyclists can face a challenging road physically, emotionally, and financially. That’s why the legal team Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC is here to help you bear that burden. Our experienced lawyers can help Virginia motorcyclists understand their rights and obtain all the compensation they deserve after a crash. Call our Fairfax office today, or fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about who we are and what we do.