Types of Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle April 28 2022 8:00 am

Types of Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

By Pyle Law, Reviewed by E. THomas Pyle April 28 2022 8:00 am
Types of Motorcycle Accidents Caused by Distracted Drivers

There are very different types of motorcycle accidents f you have been injured, seek medical attention first. One of the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys from Pyle Law is here to discuss your case and options to collect your full damages. Driving a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience that places you closer to the road and more open to the environment. Unfortunately, not having a large metal chassis around you can make you more vulnerable to injury.

Drivers might not pay sufficient attention to notice when a motorcycle is around them. Common types of motorcycle accidents include motor vehicle collisions, collisions with commercial trucks, and accidents due to poorly maintained roads. Whatever the cause, if you have been in a motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to damages. 

 A lot of Types of Motorcycle Accidents Are Caused by Distracted Drivers

The bumper stickers advising drivers to watch out for motorcycles on the road don’t seem as popular as they used to be. Meanwhile, newer motorcycles began to value silence over noise, making it more difficult to detect when a motorcycle is around. A driver who does anything that takes their attention away from the road is considered distracted driving.

Distracted driving causes one in four accidents in Kansas, and drivers are encouraged to put away distractions while driving. When they don’t, they might cause the following types of motorcycle crashes.

Types of Motorcycle Accidents:

  • Rear-end accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Run-off-the-road accidents
  • Sideswipes

If a distracted driver caused your motorcycle accident, you could be entitled to compensation. On the other hand, the rider must wear the required equipment in order to prevent a fatal injury.

Motorcycle rider touching side mirror of a car when riding nearby on a road, close-up view

Your Motorcycle Crash Attorney Helps You Collect Fully on Your Case

When you have been injured in an accident, and another party was at fault. You will seek your damages generally from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. Going against the insurance company on your own when recovering from your injuries can put you at a significant disadvantage.

Contact a motorcycle attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Once you have received medical treatment, collect the evidence. Lawyers will need this evidence to claim full compensation for your injuries. Your motorcycle attorney will have a network of medical experts who can accurately measure the impact of your injuries.

Connecting with Pyle Law as soon as possible after your accident will support the best possible compensation for your damages.

Accidents Caused by Changing Lanes and Sideswiping a Motorcycle

When you get behind the wheel of your car, you take on an immense responsibility that includes a duty of care owed to every other motorist on the road. This duty of care extends to motorcyclists – who are more difficult to see in the first place and who are far more likely to get lost in your vehicle’s blind spots.

Motorcycle sideswipe accidents are far more likely to happen when the other vehicle involved is changing lanes, which makes always proceeding with caution paramount. If another driver’s negligence leaves you injured in a sideswipe motorcycle accident, you need an experienced accident attorney in Kansas in your corner.

A red, sporty, motorcycle moves between the lane, dangerously close to cars.

Motorcyclists Are Especially Vulnerable to Every Kind of Accident

Motorcyclists who share the road with you are especially vulnerable to being injured in every kind of traffic accident for the following reasons:

  • Motorcyclists don’t have the protective cover of a car’s body.
  • Motorcyclists have less connection with the road, which makes balancing safely an issue.
  • Motorcyclists can maneuver through traffic more nimbly than other vehicles, which can leave them in dangerous driving situations.
  • Motorcyclists are more vulnerable to risk factors on the road, such as the effects of bad weather and poorly maintained roadways.
  • Motorcyclists require shorter stopping distances, which increases the risk that they will be rear-ended in an accident.
  • Motorcyclists are very likely to be thrown off their bikes in any kind of accident, including sideswipe accidents.

Sideswipe Accidents

When you leave your lane of traffic to enter another, you and everyone around you are at your most vulnerable, which means you need to be well aware of what you are doing and what is happening on the road. While a car can be more difficult to see if part of it is obscured by your blind spot, a motorcycle can be swallowed whole. Leaving your lane without using your rearview mirror, checking your side mirror, and turning your head to actually look before proceeding is a dangerous practice that greatly increases the risk you will sideswipe a motorcyclist.

Motorcycle Accident Losses

When you sideswipe a motorcyclist, not only is the bike likely to be laid flat but it can also be pushed into another lane of traffic, which can compound associated losses. The losses common  to sideswipe motorcycle accidents include:

    • All related medical expenses, which can be an ongoing concern
    • Future medical expenses
    • Any lost earnings, which may include lost earning potential
    • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
    • Permanent injuries and impairment
    • Scarring and disfigurement

Connect with a Kansas Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Now

If you have been injured in a sideswipe motorcycle accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you need professional legal guidance on your side. Tom Pyle at Pyle Law in Kansas is a distinguished motorcycle accident attorney who has a wealth of experience helping to guide claims like yours toward beneficial resolutions that uphold our clients’ rights. Your claim is important, so please don’t wait to contact or call us at 620-374-9299 for more information today.

Your motorcycle accident can cause long-term changes to the way in which you live your life and support yourself and your family. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash and another driver or party’s at fault, you are entitled to compensation, and your motorcycle attorney can help you accurately compute your present costs and long-term expenses, and lost earnings that might arise from your accident. 

To explore options on how to receive the most compensation possible for your motorcycle accident, reach out to one of the attorneys from Pyle Law and schedule a consultation today.

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This page has been written, edited, and reviewed by a team of legal writers following our comprehensive editorial guidelines. This page was approved by attorney E. Thomas Pyle who has more than 20 years of legal experience as a practicing personal injury trial attorney.