Virginia is a great place to ride a motorcycle, whether you are taking in the oceanside views of Virginia Beach, enjoying the scenic Shenandoah Valley, or seeing the Kennedy Center lit up at night as you ride across the bridge to Washington, D.C. In general, it is safe to ride a motorcycle in Virginia, especially when you comply with motorcycle safety laws. Even when they wear proper safety gear, motorcycle riders are vulnerable to serious injury, even in minor accidents. If you sustain injuries in a motorcycle accident, you should contact a personal injury lawyer.
Hazards facing motorcycle riders in Virginia, so that you can avoiding getting into an accident with your motorcycle.
The Top 10 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Virginia
- Changing lanes: Changing lanes is a common cause of accidents between two cars. Motorcycles, being smaller than cars, are even harder for drivers to notice unless they look carefully in their mirrors before they change lanes.
- Car doors: Accidents can happen when a motorcycle passes a parked car, and a passenger in the car suddenly opens a car door.
- Speeding: Speeding is dangerous for everyone, but especially for motorcycle riders.
- Drunk driving: If you get on your motorcycle after drinking, you are risking both a DUI and a motorcycle accident.
- Driving between two lanes: It is important to stay in your lane when driving any vehicle, especially a motorcycle.
- Stopping suddenly: If you stop suddenly on a motorcycle, and a car rear-ends you, the results can be disastrous.
- Inexperienced drivers: When you are new to riding a motorcycle, even if you have already gotten your motorcycle license, you should avoid riding in heavy traffic until you Left turns: It is hard enough to judge the appropriate time for a left turn when driving a car, but it is even more difficult with a motorcycle.
- Hazards on the road: Potholes and debris on the road can increase the risk of accidents, as can water, snow, and ice.
- Defective motorcycle parts: Make sure to check your motorcycle for loose or defective parts and make any necessary repairs before you ride.
How to Avoid Motorcycle Accidents
The best way to avoid motorcycle accidents is to drive carefully and be aware of your surroundings at all times when you ride. Do not ride in poor weather or when there is low visibility. It is a good idea to ride in a group of motorcycles. It is fairly easy for the drivers of cars not to notice one motorcycle, but a group of 20 motorcycles is hard to miss.
Contact a Lawyer About Motorcycle Accidents
You can control your own operation of a motorcycle, but you cannot control the behavior of the other drivers on the road. Even if you use the utmost caution and good judgment, it is possible for a car to hit you. What sort of legal action you should take depends on the details of the accident. The best thing to do is to get professional legal advice from a personal injury at Ferguson, Rawls & Raines, your lawyers for life.