Motorcycles are completely unprotected from impacts with other cars and are extremely vulnerable to accidents caused by unsafe lane changes. Even the smallest bump to a motorcycle traveling at low speeds can cause a rider to fall. These accidents are commonly caused by weaving in and out of traffic, negligently merging into traffic, or cutting off another vehicle. Because a motorcycle affords such little protection in the event of a motorcycle accident, the physical injuries sustained by these accidents can be serious and even result in wrongful death.
When an unsafe lane change motorcycle accident occurs, the most frequently heard comment from the other motorist is that they never saw the motorcycle. The truth is, often these accidents often take place because of driver inattention. Drivers often are distracted, talking of cell phones, texting, eating and drinking while driving. When this happens, the motorcyclist has no choice but to perform an evasive maneuver, which can result in a serious accident. Motorists often forget that they must share the road with motorcycles, and perform frequent visual checks before changing lanes.
Missouri Law section 304.012 requires that all lane changes be made in a “careful and prudent” manner. This can include using turning signals, looking both ways, being aware of any blind spots and using rear and side-view mirrors.
Recent estimates are that unsafe lane changes are a common cause of both vehicle and motorcycle accidents, accounting for up to 10,000 accidents annually. These accidents can involve a variety of circumstances, which often make it difficult to account for all the factors leading up to the accident. Because of this, it is extremely important to speak with a qualified Missouri motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident. Counsel can immediately begin investigating the facts of your case. They will work with police, collect medical reports, and retrieve accident reports. It is important to act quickly to ensure that the evidence regarding your case is preserved.
If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident due to an unsafe lane change, contact E. Ryan Bradley for advice. Your first consultation is free. We will investigate your case and ensure that your rights are protected, and you receive the compensation that you and your family deserve.