Single Bike Accidents

Single-bike accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Although the prevailing thought might be to blame these wrecks on rider error, so many external factors can cause single bike accidents. The motorcycle-riding community generally rides safely and defensively, but we still see so-called single-bike accidents all the time. In many cases, there is another vehicle involved, but that driver is either unaware of causing the wreck or deliberately fleeing the scene. Additionally, roadway conditions and mechanical failures can also play a part in crashes that only involve one motorcycle. Listed below are some common causes for single-bike accidents in the U.S.

Common Causes of Single Bike Accidents
  • Sudden stops by other vehicles
  • Open doors of other vehicles
  • Poor roadway conditions
  • Debris in the road
  • Phantom cars
  • Mechanical failure
Motorcycle Hits Stationary Object

When a motorcycle is involved in a crash involving a stationary object, that’s a single-bike accident. The stationary object might or might not be another vehicle that isn’t moving. In many cases, roadway conditions or mechanical failures can contribute to motorcycle riders losing control of their vehicles. If a rider loses control of his or her bike, it’s possible to strike a stationery object or crash into a parked vehicle. It’s also possible that another vehicle’s dangerous maneuvers caused a rider to lose control of his or her bike. The oblivious driver could be long gone by the time help arrives.

Sudden-Stop Accidents

Sudden-stop accidents are also very common where one bike is involved. This type of crash happens when a vehicle stops suddenly in front of a bike. Since bikes aren’t like cars or trucks, they need additional room to maneuver in the event of an emergency. In an effort to stop or avoid the vehicle that has suddenly stopped, the rider could lose control of his or her bike and crash. Drivers should always try to be very predictable behind the wheel. Avoid slamming on the brakes or stopping short if you have a motorcycle behind you. They’re expecting normal, safe and defensive driving behaviors to stay safe and alive.

Open Door Accidents

Open door accidents are also a common cause of single-bike collisions. This can happen on busy city streets where on-street parking is popular. This type of crash occurs when somebody is getting out of their parked car on the street. Without looking or checking for traffic, a door is thrown open, right into the path of a motorcycle. Since motorcycles can’t maneuver or stop as swiftly or safely as other roadway users, they’re likely to strike the door and do a rotational flip over it or swerve into another type of collision. This is why it’s so important for passenger vehicle occupants to check for traffic prior to opening their doors when they’re parked on the street.

Poor Roadway Conditions

Poor roadway conditions also have the ability to cause injury causing and fatal single-bike accidents. Gravel, construction, rain and a variety of other roadway conditions could be dangerous or deadly for motorcycle riders. Also, weather can also have an impact on motorcycle safety. In fog, rain and other reduced visibility conditions, be sure to give motorcyclists plenty of room to maneuver in the event of a crash.

Mechanical Failure

Mechanical failure can also be a cause of single-bike accidents. If something goes wrong mechanically, you can find yourself in trouble. Whether you’re going 15 miles per hour or 50 miles per hour, a mechanical failure can spell trouble. If you suspect a defective or faulty part caused your single-bike accident, you need to speak with a skilled motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible about your case.

What About “Phantom Vehicles?”

Unfortunately, many so-called single-bike accidents aren’t ‘single-bike’ accidents at all. In many cases, another vehicle was involved but left the scene. This is especially true of accidents involving distracted drivers. They simply have no idea what’s going on around them or of the mayhem they’re causing. If the vehicle that caused your crash left the scene, don’t worry. You still have options, but you need to speak with an attorney sooner than later.

What to do After a Single-Bike Motorcycle Accident

The aftermath of a single-bike accident can be incredibly frustrating for victims. You don’t have to go through it alone though. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a single-bike motorcycle accident in the Jackson Metro Area, contact the experienced personal injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

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