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Why do motorcyclists end up in car crashes?

Why do motorcycle accidents happen? One common reason is because a driver turns left in front of the motorcyclist, cutting off his or her path. Here's an example. If a driver is pulling out of a parking lot into a two-lane street, he or she must cross one lane of travel to turn left. If he or she does not see the motorcyclist or fails to recognize how fast the motorcyclist is traveling, then there is the potential for that individual to cut off the motorcyclist's path and cause a head-on collision.

When this happens, the motorcyclist may not be able to evade the vehicle, leading to him or her being thrown into the vehicle or onto the road. This could lead to serious head injuries, lacerations, road rash and other severe or fatal injuries.

Another reason that motorcyclists get into accidents is because of being rear-ended. If a vehicle travels too close behind the motorcyclist, there's a potential for the motorcyclist to get hit from behind. This could force the motorcyclist off the motorcycle or result in him or her being hit or run over by the other vehicle.

As a motorcyclist, you need to be constantly aware of your surroundings. If you notice a driver looking away or think he or she may not have seen you, it's a good idea to slow down or to take evasive actions. If you are hit, your attorney can help you begin a claim against the driver's insurance or through a civil lawsuit, so you can get the money you need while you recover.

Source: Gas2, "5 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents," accessed March 28, 2017

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