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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents? 

Motorcycles are more prone to accidents than other motor vehicles, and motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants.

Although motorcycles are different than cars and trucks, this disparity is not caused by vehicle differences alone. All too often, drivers fail to share the road with motorcyclists. A motorist failing to check their blind spot could mean tragedy for an innocent motorcyclist and their family.

We explore some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents below:

Inherent Risks

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “riding a motorcycle is inherently riskier than driving a car.”

With only 2 wheels and without the crashworthiness and occupant protection characteristics of an automobile, motorcycles are less stable and more likely to cause injuries and death than other vehicles.

Riding a motorcycle requires special skills, and motorcyclists may be less stable when braking and swerving. Because of their small size and fast speeds, motorcyclists can also be less visible on the road.

Skilled motorcyclists can avoid many accidents, and inexperienced riders are another leading cause of motorcycle accidents, but no matter how talented a motorcyclist is, they are no match for a car or truck on the roadway.

Weather and Road Conditions

Motorcyclists must be more cautious about slippery surfaces and weather conditions because their vehicles are lighter and have less traction than cars and trucks. Riding in rain, wind, or other adverse weather is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Defective or poorly maintained roads can also cause motorcycle crashes.

Negligent Drivers

In 2018, 63% of fatal motorcycle accidents were multiple-vehicle crashes. This means other vehicles were involved, and in many cases, at-fault for the accidents. All drivers on the road have a duty to drive carefully and keep those around them safe. Sadly, many drivers breach this duty when it comes to motorcyclists.

Some of the most common causes of car-motorcycle accidents include:

  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failing to check blind spots
  • Improper left turns
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Road rage and aggressive driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting and driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Intersection accidents
  • Failing to yield
  • Lane splitting (driving between lanes of traffic)
  • Racing
  • Reckless driving
  • And more

If you or someone you love was injured by any of the behaviors above, the Law Offices of Charles R. Gueli may be able to help.

We cannot change what happened, but we can pursue compensation and hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence.

To speak with Attorney Gueli and gain legal insight into your motorcycle accident, call us 24/7 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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