If asked, many people in Kentucky will tell you they believe the bikers themselves are responsible for a lot of motorcycle accidents. Many people believe most motorcyclists ride too fast, ignore traffic laws and ride in a reckless manner on a regular basis. While this may be true in some cases, the actual cause of many Louisville motorcycle accidents is a vehicle which pulls out or turns into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.
Drivers often report “I never saw them” after pulling out into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports motorcyclists are five times more likely to be injured in an accident than the occupants of a car.
While most motorcyclists wear protective clothing and a helmet, a biker and their passenger are no match for the weight and forces associated with a car or commercial vehicle. Motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries including multiple fractures, head and brain injuries and in some cases permanent injury and paralysis.
There is a lot all Louisville motorists can do to reduce the likelihood of a motorcycle accident. A few of them include:
- Taking an extra look before turning or pulling out from a side street
- Allow more space between your vehicle and a motorcycle traveling in front of you
- Always signal prior to changing lanes and be aware of the potential for a motorcycle in your blind spot
- Slow down when approaching an intersection, especially if you are making a left hand turn
- Eliminate distracted driving, such as eating, talking on a mobile phone or even texting
Accident data from the Kentucky State Police show the actual cause of many Louisville motorcycle accidents is a vehicle which changes lanes without looking, pulls out or turns into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist. If you or someone you love is injured while riding a motorcycle we invite you to contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys for a free consultation.