Understanding the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents at Norfolk Intersections

How motorcycle accidents happen at intersections

How Negligent Drivers Cause Motorcycle Accidents Intersections in Norfolk

You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if a negligent driver caused your motorcycle accident at a Virginia Beach or Norfolk intersection. At Tavss Fletcher, our experienced Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers help victims injured in a motorcycle crash obtain the damages they deserve under Virginia law from the negligent driver's insurance company.

Unfortunately, deaths caused by motorcycle accidents are increasing. Motorcycle accidents at intersections are all too common, and their consequences can be devastating, often resulting in life-altering injuries or, tragically, even death. If a loved one or you were the victim of one of these tragic crashes in Virginia Beach or Norfolk, you need to understand the causes of these accidents to understand whether you have a strong claim against the at-fault motorist and their insurance company.

Leading Causes of Virginia Intersection Motorcycle Accidents

You must prove that the driver who struck your motorcycle at an intersection was negligent to be entitled to a settlement from their insurance company under Virginia law. Our experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at Tavss Fletcher can determine the cause of your accident and obtain the evidence you need to prove the other driver was the negligent party. Here are the top reasons our knowledgeable legal team finds at-fault motorists cause these preventable accidents: 

  • Left-turning vehicles. Left-turning vehicles pose a significant threat to motorcyclists at intersections. Often, drivers fail to accurately judge the speed of oncoming motorcycles or misinterpret the distance, resulting in intersection motorcycle accidents. 
  • Red-light running. Motorcycle accidents at intersections are frequently attributed to drivers who disregard traffic signals, speed through a red light or fail to come to a complete stop at stop signs. When this occurs, unsuspecting motorcyclists who have the right of way can suffer severe injuries or death. 
  • Inadequate visibility. Because of their smaller size, motorcycles are harder for drivers to see at intersections. When motorists are not watching closely, are distracted by their cellphone or other distractions, or are intoxicated, they can cause a motorcycle accident at a busy intersection.
  • Distracted driving. In today's technology-driven age, distracted driving has become a rampant issue on the roads. Motorists text, talk on their phones, or use in-car entertainment systems have their attention diverted from the road, increasing the likelihood that they won't see a motorcyclist who has the right of way at an intersection before it is too late to avoid an accident. 
  • Intoxication. When a driver is high on drugs or drunk, their vision, judgment, and reaction time are significantly reduced. They are much more likely to fail to see a motorcycle, try to beat a red light or engage in other reckless behaviors that result in a deadly intersection accident.