Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents (Part B)

The most common cause of a West Virginia motorcycle accident is often simply that a motorist does not see the motorcyclist. A strong majority of all motorcycle accidents involving a car are caused by the vehicle turning into the motorcyclist's lane.

Other Common Causes of a West Virginia Motorcycle Accident

The motorcycle may not be seen because of its size, especially when there is heavy traffic or the motorcycle is in a motor vehicle's blind spot. This is why it's so important that drivers double-check their blind spots before turning or merging.

Listed below are other common causes of West Virginia motorcycle accidents: 

  • speeding;
  • debris in the road;
  • motorcyclist error;
  • mechanical malfunction;
  • road conditions (cracks, potholes, uneven surfaces);
  • adverse weather conditions;
  • driving under the influence;
  • driver opens vehicle door into the path of a motorcycle;
  • failure to obey traffic signals or signs;
  • following too closely behind a motorcycle;
  • driver distractions (cell phone, texting, changing dials);
  • recklessness; and
  • fatigue. 

When mechanical malfunction is indicated as the cause of a motorcycle accident, a Clarksburg motorcycle accident lawyer can investigate whether a manufacturer or mechanic is liable for your injuries. They may be able to determine that a third party, such as a motorcycle manufacturer or retailer, shares some of the fault for your West Virginia motorcycle accident.

Common Injuries in a West Virginia Motorcycle Accident 

Any of the common causes of a West Virginia motorcycle accident listed above can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering for an injured motorcyclist and their family. 

Common injuries from motorcycle accidents can include:

  • road rash;
  • head trauma (concussion, brain damage);
  • nerve damage;
  • spinal cord injury;
  • paralysis;
  • fractures/sprains;
  • disfigurement; and/or
  • death. 

If you have been injured in a West Virginia motorcycle accident, contact a Clarksburg motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your options for legal recourse. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to financial damages to address your medical bills, as well as long-term physical therapy and even adaptive equipment for your home or automobile in the event of a permanent disability.

Contacting a Clarksburg Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

When motorcycles collide with passenger cars, the results will likely be life-changing. Although there will be a lot of questions and important decisions to make during this time, choosing the right legal representation can help you make the most informed decisions possible while you seek compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. The Miley Legal Group in Clarksburg, West Virginia will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a no cost consultation - 304-326-1800