Motorcycle Accidents on City Streets
We love Kentucky’s open roads and scenic byways, but cruising lively city streets can also make for an exciting ride. Unfortunately, the city also presents its own unique dangers to motorcyclists.
Some motorcycle crash investigations show that around 2/3 of all motorcycle vs. vehicle accidents are caused by a car, SUV or truck driver violating a motorcycle’s right-of-way. In the city, you’ve got more drivers, more vehicles, more lanes, and more intersections. All make for more opportunities for drivers to invade your lane and send you to the pavement.
These accidents are much more likely to be serious when you’re on a motorcycle. You’ve got less protection than any other motor vehicle on the road. Every bone, limb, and organ (especially your brain) are vulnerable.
Louisville and Lexington Motorcycle Dangers
It is no surprise that the biggest cities in Kentucky see the most accidents each year. In a single year, Jefferson County and Louisville Law Enforcement reported nearly 31,000 collisions. 74 of those incidents led to fatalities.
It just stands to reason that there’d be more danger from drunk drivers in heavily populated cities. Fayette County and Lexington Law Enforcement reported 370 collisions involving drunk drivers over a 12-month period. Three of those collisions resulted in fatalities.
Drivers on the road can overlook a motorcyclist even in perfect conditions. The added dangers of traffic in a large city only ups the chances a bad driver will put a biker in a bad spot.
Situations that Lead to Motorcycle Accidents
Bikers know the safety precautions to take when hopping on a motorcycle and they know to watch every other motorist like a hawk. They know how to watch the subtle movements of larger vehicles. While driving city streets here are some situations to be especially cautious of:
- Being the first to jump when you see a green light can be dangerous. Be aware of drivers blowing through their red light.
- Oncoming Traffic Turning Left. Drivers turning left in front of you can overlook your bike as you approach.
- Parked Cars and Open Doors. City streets are lined with parked vehicles. Occupants looking to leave the vehicle will pop the door open when they think the traffic is cleared.
- Stay Visible. Dark Colors can be more stylish, but brighter colors will make it easier for careless drivers to spot you.
Contact a Kentucky Motorcycle Lawyer
Bikers know they can do take every precaution and anticipate every other drivers’ mistake and still end up on the pavement. A rider rarely gets up without some sort of injury and pain. Once you’ve been treated, it’s time to be thinking about your life after the accident. You’ll have the possibility of hospital bills and lost wages, and if you file a claim you’ll be facing insurance lawyers who get paid to deny you money. It’s important to have a lawyer working for you throughout your recovery.
Talk to a Louisville Motorcycle Accident Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the results they deserve. To discuss your case, contact Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, by clicking here to contact them online.