Motorcycles have become increasingly popular across Kansas in the past few years. Motorcycle enthusiasts love the thrill of the open road and freedom associated with riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, with the increase in the number of motorcycles on Kansas roadways has come a rise in the incidence of accidents. Over 100,000 motorcycle accidents occur each year across the U.S. and about 4,500 individuals will die in these accidents. Motorcyclists often sustain more serious injuries in an accident due to their lack of structural protections. As such, it is important that motorcycle accident victims seek the assistance of an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash.
The following is a list of questions frequently posed by those who have been involved in a motorcycle crash.
What are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Kansas?
Most motorcycle accidents involving a motorcycle and a motor vehicle can be attributed to driver error. If the driver of a motor vehicle fails to exercise reasonable caution and injuries a motorcyclist, the driver can be held accountable for the injuries and property damage sustained by the motorcyclist. Common causes of negligent operation of a motor vehicle that lead to motorcycle crashes include:
- Left hand turns into motorcyclists—possibly the most common cause of motorcycle accidents, motor vehicle drivers often make a left hand turn without checking in their mirrors or looking over their shoulder. This can result in turning right into a motorcycle, causing serious injury to the motorcyclist who is left with no time to stop.
- Unsafe lane changes—drivers are required to use turn signals and check blind spots before switching lanes, but many fail to take theses requisite precautions. Given the lesser visibility of motorcyclists, drivers often merge into the motorcycle.
- Distracted driving—driving while talking on the phone, texting, eating, emailing, and the like will take a driver’s eyes and attention away from the road. While distracted driving is dangerous for all road users, motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable because they are less visible.
- Speeding—drivers who speed are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid an accident with a motorcycle. They may also not see an approaching motorcyclist due to their reckless behavior.
Are all motorcycle accidents in Kansas caused by driver error?
No. While many accidents are ultimately caused by driver error, this does not apply to all. A motorcycle collision in Kansas can also be attributed to: defective motorcycles, equipment failure, or defective roadways. When any of these conditions give rise to a crash, the property owner of the defective roadway or the manufacturer of the defective equipment or motorcycle may be held liable. Motorcyclists can bring an action under premises liability or products liable to obtain recovery for their injuries sustained.
Contact Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Attorney Michael R. Lawless Today for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, Michael R. Lawless is a Kansas Motorcycle Accident attorney with more than 27 years of experience helping his clients receive the compensation they deserve. Motorcycle accident victims often sustain serious injuries in an accident, including head trauma, neck and back damage, broken limbs, and more. Medical expenses will quickly mount and motorcycle accident victims should act fast to preserve their legal rights. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential motorcycle accident case, contact Michael R. Lawless, PA by calling our office locally at (913) 681-5566, or you may call us toll-free at (800) 734-3771. You may also contact us online and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible.