Common causes of motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can occur for several reasons. Some are caused by the negligence of another driver, while others result from a motorcyclist’s mistake. 

If you are a motorcyclist, it is crucial to be aware of these dangers so you can take steps to avoid them.

The hazards of riding a motorcycle

Motorcycle accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but some common causes are responsible for the majority of incidents, including:

  • Lack of experience or training, which can affect even seasoned riders after a significant break from the road
  • Poor road conditions, such as potholes, debris, and slick surfaces due to sudden storms
  • Lane splitting, which can squeeze a vulnerable rider between other (bigger) vehicles
  • Going faster than the posted speed limit or even just too fast for the current road conditions

Unfortunately, motorcycles are less stable and less visible than other vehicles on the road, which can make them more difficult to see. Approximately 75% of motorcycle accidents involve other motor vehicles and may be due to the negligence of other motorists. Drivers may fail to see the motorcyclist on the road due to distraction or weather conditions. Many accidents occur because a driver fails to yield the right of way or makes a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle.

Additionally, motorcycles offer little protection in the event of an accident. As a result, motorcyclists are at a higher risk of being injured in a catastrophic collision. Over 5,000 people die each year in motorcycle accidents with many more being hospitalized.

Being in a motorcycle accident can be a traumatic experience. If you were struck by a car while riding, you need to know your legal options because you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.