One dangerous type of motorcycle accident is a T-bone collision. These accidents can be much more deadly when a motorcycle is involved because the rider has little protection. In addition, the force of impact can throw them off their bike—sometimes right into ongoing traffic.
Were you or a loved one injured in a side-impact motorcycle accident? If it was caused by another driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, and pain and suffering.
Causes of T-Bone Motorcycle Accidents
In order to hold the at-fault driver responsible for your injury compensation, you must prove their negligence caused your T-bone crash. Our skilled motorcycle accident lawyers conduct a thorough investigation and collect all the essential evidence to establish this.
Here are some of the most common ways we see motorists causing these accidents.
Failing to Yield
A driver’s failure to yield the right of way to a motorcycle rider at a traffic light or stop sign is a frequent problem. In some cases, the motorist may “roll through” a four-way stop rather than coming to a complete stop as required by traffic laws in Kansas and Missouri.
It's especially dangerous to be distracted when driving if there's a motorcycle nearby, which is already less visible due to its smaller size. However, many side-impact crashes are caused when a distracted driver fails to see a biker before it's too late to avoid striking them. Top distractions include:
- Eating and drinking
- Talking on a cellphone
- Checking a GPS
- Surfing the internet
- Talking to passengers
- Engaging in personal grooming
If a driver is drunk or high on drugs, their crucial driving skills—like reaction time, vision, and judgment—are impaired. Their altered condition might result in excessive speeding, weaving between lanes, and other reckless behaviors that cause T-bone motorcycle crashes.
Many side-impact wrecks occur when someone drives too fast to try to beat a yellow or red light. Unfortunately, a motorcyclist can suffer even more catastrophic injuries because of the increased force of impact due to a speeding driver's inability to stop in time.
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