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Experienced Blind Spot Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our Charlotte motorcycle accident attorneys know that very few riders or passengers walk away from these North Carolina collisions without injury. Unfortunately, some do not walk away at all.
According to the North Carolina Traffic Crash Facts, there were 3,409 motorcycle accidents throughout the state last year that resulted in 2,684 and 182 fatalities. When these crashes are caused by negligent drivers, including those who do not check their blind spots before colliding with a motorcyclist, our clients endure tragedies that could have been prevented.
This is why we are here. If you or someone you love has been injured or lost their life in a blind spot motorcycle accident in North Carolina, we want to hear your story during a free consultation and help you seek justice from the negligent driver.
How Do Blind Spot Motorcycle Accidents Occur in North Carolina?
Blind spot motorcycle accidents can occur when a motorcyclist is not visible to a vehicle driver due to the driver’s blind spot — an area around the vehicle that is not directly visible to the driver, primarily through the side mirrors.
Common causes of blind spot motorcycle accidents in North Carolina may include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to Check Blind Spots
Drivers failing to check their blind spots before changing lanes or making a turn is a primary cause of blind spot accidents. Motorcycles are smaller and can easily be overlooked if drivers do not perform proper checks.
- Lane Changes Without Signaling
Drivers who change lanes without signaling or providing adequate warning may catch motorcyclists off guard, mainly if the rider is in the vehicle’s blind spot.
- Inattentive Driving
Distracted driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, or adjusting the radio, can lead to inattentiveness. Drivers not paying attention to the road may miss motorcycles in their blind spots.
Speeding reduces the time a driver has to react to changing road conditions. Vehicles moving quickly through traffic may keep the driver from adjusting to motorcycles in adjacent lanes.
- Negligent Lane Changes
Drivers making sudden or negligent lane changes without proper signaling or checking for oncoming traffic can result in collisions with motorcycles in their blind spots.
- Size and Visibility
Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than other vehicles, making them more susceptible to being overlooked in blind spots. Drivers may not see motorcycles when checking mirrors due to their reduced size.
- Limited Mirror Adjustments
Some drivers may not properly adjust their side mirrors, leaving significant blind spots. Adjusting mirrors correctly can help minimize blind spots and improve overall visibility.
- Driver Fatigue
Fatigued drivers may have slower reaction times and reduced awareness, increasing the likelihood of missing motorcycles in their blind spots.
To reduce the risk of blind spot motorcycle accidents, drivers should consistently check their blind spots, use turn signals, and practice attentive driving. Motorcyclists can do their part, too, increasing their visibility by wearing bright clothing, using headlights, and positioning themselves strategically on the road to maximize visibility to other drivers.
Have You Been Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Blind Spot Motorcycle Accident in North Carolina?
While awareness, communication, and adherence to traffic laws are vital to preventing blind spot motorcycle accidents in North Carolina, riders can only do so much to avoid negligent drivers on our roadways.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a blind spot motorcycle accident caused by negligence in North Carolina, our personal injury attorneys in Charlotte at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt want to hear your story during a free consultation by calling (704) 377-3737 or contacting us online.
We provide unique legal services tailored to each client’s needs and do not get paid unless you do.
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