The main reason motorcycle accidents occur is because the other driver did not see the motorcycle. Whether at an intersection or on a straight roadway, drivers of cars, trucks and buses have difficultly seeing motorcycles and reacting to them. Read more about motorcycle accidents at intersections.
Here are two reasons why drivers have difficulty seeing motorcycles on the road:
1. Size of Motorcycles Relative to Cars, Trucks & Buses
Motorcycles are much smaller than even the smallest car. A motorcycle may appear to be farther away or traveling faster than in reality. Also, because motorcycles are small, drivers often miss motorcycles in blind spots. In addition, motorcycles are much less common than cars, trucks or buses on the road. This means that the average driver is not used to seeing, much less, driving with motorcycles on the road.
2. Movement of Motorcycles
Motorcycles handle differently than cars. For example, riders may slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle. Brake lights are not as plainly visible as on a regular passenger car. Also, motorcycle riders may adjust position within a lane, something that cars cannot do. This may cause confusion or distraction for drivers on the road. These are all factors which can contribute to a motorcycle accident.
For more information, contact a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer.
More Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Legal Articles:
- Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accidents – Steps to Take After an Accident
- Investigating Pennsylvania Motorcycle Accident Cases for Liability Beyond the Other Driver
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