Ocala Motorcycle Accident Causes

Ocala Motorcycle Accident Causes - personal injury lawyerOcala, Florida Motorcycle Accidents

Florida motorcycle accidents caused nearly 500 deaths in 2013, states the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration[1]. There were 478 motorcycle fatalities in 2014, as well.

Types of Ocala Motorcycle Collisions

With this information, Marion County motorcyclists are urged to know what types of motorcycle accidents exist, and how they are caused:

  • Head-On Accidents: When two motorcycles collide straight on, a head-on impact has occurred. Veering off into oncoming traffic is one of the biggest reasons that head-on accidents occur. With the rider already being so exposed, it’s easy to understand why this could result in major injuries or even death. It is a very common accident, and tends to occur more often than rear-end collisions. Avoiding a head-on collision by making sudden maneuvers can still cause an accident due to a loss of control.
  • Left-Hand Turns Made By Cars:  Cars making a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle accounts for 42% of all fatal motorcycle accidents, reports National Highway Traffic Safety Association[2]. Florida motorcycle operators need to pay close attention when approaching a left-turning vehicle to avoid a collision, especially near an intersection.
  • Lane Splitting:  Lane-splitting is another common cause of motorcycle accidents, and happens when a rider shares a lane with another rider or drives between lanes of traffic. This practice is illegal in Florida[3], however many motorcyclists still do it.
  • Road Hazards: By nature, motorcycles are less stable and smaller than traditional vehicles and therefore face bigger dangers from hazards on the road. Marion County road hazards often include:
    • Potholes
    • Dead animals
    • Slippery pavement
    • Uneven lane heights
    • Irregularities or unexpected road objects
    • Debris from construction
  • High-Performance Motorcycles:  Accidents with high-performance motorcycles are often more common than those with a standard bike.

Other Causes of Ocala Motorcycle Accidents

Additional causes of Florida motorcycle accidents include:

  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Forgetting to use a turn signal
  • Not adjusting for traffic conditions
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Disobeying speed limits
  • Operating a motorcycle on the wrong side of the road
  • Glare or other obstructed views
  • Inexperienced or young motorists
  • Vehicle defects
  • Hostile actions or road rage

Contact an Ocala Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were involved in a motorcycle accident, it is important to speak to an experienced Ocala motorcycle accident attorney at Meldon Law to determine if anyone is liable for your injuries and damages. Motorcycle crashes often times cause serious injuries or even permanent disabilities and you need someone who can protect your rights. Call our office today for a free consultation at (352) 629-5700 or (800) 373-8000 or use our online form.

Ocala Office:
Meldon Law
808 East Fort King Street Suite A
Ocala, FL 34471
(352) 629-5700

References:

[1] http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/departments/nrd-30/ncsa/STSI/13_GA/2014/13_GA_2014.htm
[2] https://www.motorcycleaccident.org/motorcycle-accidents-statistics-and-possible-causes/
[3] http://americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/State-Laws.aspx?stateid=9

 

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