Motorcycle accidents cause injuries to the rider(s) and can damage other motorists on the road. When a motorcyclist loses control of his/her bike and crashes, other motorists and pedestrians in the vicinity are in danger. It is true the motorcycle riders have the most to lose in a crash because they are the least protected. However, when an innocent bystander or a motorist is affected by a collision, then they deserve to be compensated for their losses.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has years of experience in helping North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s injured residents and their families in dealing with the devastating consequences of motorcycle accidents. His applies his experience for each client in order to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve.
Speed is the most common factor that causes motorcycle riders to lose control. When motorcyclists speed, they do not have enough reaction time to prevent a collision when unexpected dangers appear in the roadways. While motorcycles are small and riders are easily able to maneuver their bikes into spaces that other motorists cannot, a rider who is speeding does not give himself enough time to navigate around hazards in the road. The smallest miscalculation can cause a rider to lose control and crash.
Inexperience is another factor that causes riders to lose control of their bikes. Turning on a motorcycle is very different then turning in a car or a truck—balance is critical. While most bikes have front and rear brake controls and can turn quickly, the brakes should not be used in the middle of a turn because they can throw off the balance of the bike. Instead, a rider must slow down before a turn and then accelerate through the turn. This helps the bike maintain its balance and the forward momentum needed to keep it upright.
While inexperienced riders may be at a higher risk of losing control of their bikes during turning, experienced and responsible riders are not always immune from losing control of their motorcycles. Poor road maintenance and hazards on the streets that a rider could not anticipate before making a turn can easily cause a motorcyclist to lose control, even if the rider was doing everything else right. Unfortunately, uneven roads, potholes, and other road hazards are extremely dangerous to motorcyclists and can frequently cause a rider to lose control during a turn and thus cause an injury.
All motorists must be diligent on the roads, as accidents happen in the blink of an eye without anyone knowing exactly what led up to the collision. Property damage and injuries are unavoidable when accidents occur, especially if a motorcycle is involved.
The Tatum Law Firm has extensive experience in investigating the causes of motorcycle accidents and helps injured motorists seek compensation for their losses. We know the effects of motorcycle accidents can be devastating and long term, which is why we are there to help. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, will manage your case and pursue your claim effectively to ensure you are justly compensated.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident where the loss of control of a motorcycle contributed to or caused the accident, please contact our office for assistance at 704-307-4350, or reach out online for a free case evaluation.