What is a No-Contact Motorcycle Accident?

October 6, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents occur in a wide variety of ways. When most people think of a motorcycle accident, they think of a motorcycle colliding with another vehicle. However, there is such a thing as a “no-contact”  motorcycle accident. When a no-contact motorcycle accident occurs, this means that the actions or inaction of another driver cause a crash without actually coming into contact with the motorcycle. Here, we want to give some examples of no-contact motorcycle accidents as well as whether or not individuals can recover compensation in these situations.

Common Causes of No-Contact Vehicle Accidents in Indiana

No-contact motorcycle accidents happen more often than most people realize. Typically, these incidents occur when a motorcyclist has to make an evasive maneuver to avoid coming into contact with another vehicle. Even though various departments in Indiana give statistics related to vehicle accidents, none of them indicate how many motorcycle accidents were caused by no-contact situations.

The reality is that motorcyclists face more risks on the roadways than other drivers, particularly when it comes to no-contact vehicle accidents. The very nature of operating a motorcycle means that when an operator performs any type of evasive maneuver on the roadway, there is a chance they will lose balance and crash, even if they have not collided with another vehicle or a fixed object.

A no-contact motorcycle accident can occur in a wide variety of ways. These incidents can happen to drivers in traditional vehicles as well as those inside large commercial trucks, as well as motorcyclists. Anytime the actions of one driver on the roadway compromise another driver’s ability to remain safe, this can lead to a no-contact accident. These incidents usually occur in much the same way that actual “contact” accidents happen, but one driver reacts before the actual collision occurs. The reaction of the driver avoiding the collision can, subsequently, lead to unintended collisions with other vehicles or fixed objects. 

Some of the most common causes of no-contact vehicle accidents in Indiana include drivers:

  • Failing to check their blind spots
  • Changing lanes unsafely
  • Operating too fast for conditions
  • Violating regular traffic laws
  • Operating while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Operating while distracted by their phones or other devices
  • Running a stop sign or stoplight

Examining a No-Contact Crash Scenario

Perhaps the best way to illustrate how a no-contact accident can occur is to describe a theoretical scenario that actually is quite common throughout Indiana – running stop signs or stoplights. Suppose a motorcyclist is going through an intersection because they have a green light. The driver of this motorcycle should be able to assume that they have the right of way. However, what happens if another vehicle coming from a perpendicular direction through the intersection has a red light but fails to stop? If this other vehicle comes into the intersection, the motorcyclist will likely perform evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. Even if the motorcyclist is able to avoid a direct collision with the driver who ran the red light, it is entirely possible that the motorcycle will end up colliding with a vehicle in another lane or even drive off the road altogether.

In the event you or somebody you care about sustains an injury as a result of a no-contact vehicle accident, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. An Indiana motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to conduct a complete investigation into the incident and help an injured motorcyclist recover the compensation they need.