Motorcycle Accidents – Causes

A closer look at how motorcycle crashes can happen

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, not only have we represented motorcycle accident claims since 1997, we have employees who are avid motorcycle enthusiasts.

We know the vulnerability motorcyclists face on the roads. About two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle, most likely a car. Of these accidents the most likely cause is the car making a left turn in front of oncoming motorcycle, and is the most dangerous because it results in a head on or near head on collision.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “When motorcycles and other vehicles collide, it is usually the other (non-motorcycle) driver who violates the motorcyclist’s right-of-way.”

At-fault drivers who have collided with a motorcyclist have often said they “never saw him.”

They’re not lying. Studies back them up. There are so many accidents involving motorcycles where the driver “never saw him,” there’s a police report acronym for it – LBFS, which means “looked but failed to see.”

LBFS – The most common type of Motorcycle Collision

LBFS accidents are the most common type of collision involving a motorcycle. A recent study published in Human Factors, “Allocating Attention to Detect Motorcycles: The Role of Inattentional Blindness,” explains that “inattentional blindness” is a phenomenon that is hardwired in our brains to temper information overload. Inattentional blindness helps us filter out some information (like things we don’t expect to see), while allowing us to see only so much information at a time. Most people are expecting to see other cars and trucks – not necessarily motorcycles, which are smaller and can sometimes come upon cars quickly and unexpectedly.

If you or someone you care about was injured in a North Carolina motorcycle wreck, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, rehabilitation, time off work, and other expenses. Our motorcycle accident attorneys will try to ensure that no stone is left unturned when fighting for the maximum compensation you potentially deserve.

We will pore over records, reports, and may consult with experts to determine exactly what happened and who is liable in the motorcycle crash.

North Carolina is a contributory negligence state, which means that if you are considered even 1% at fault, the insurance company may try to blame you, the motorcyclist, so they will not have to compensate you for your injuries. This is why we always urge anyone injured in a motorcycle accident to contact us before they speak with the insurance company.

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Examining the root cause of motorcycle crashes

Our attorneys have handled hundreds of motorcycle cases involving a variety of causes. Some of the more common causes of motorcycle wrecks happen when:

  • A car or truck moves into motorcyclist's right of way
  • Drivers are distracted
  • Other drivers are driving recklessly, such as speeding
  • Potholes, bumps, gashes, loose gravel or debris, and wet pavements create road hazards
  • The motorcycle malfunctions, such as when braking or a tire blows

With so much at stake in a motorcycle accident, we urge you to contact a hard-hitting attorney who can help you pursue compensation for your losses, which may include expensive medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and future rehabilitation.

Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Contact our offices today to arrange a free case review and confidential conversation. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to or your loved one obtain the maximum compensation you potentially deserve. Call 1-866-900-7078 or click here.