Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Posted on June 15, 2017
Motorcycle accidents, though not necessarily more frequent than other types of accidents, are more likely to result in serious injury. Motorcycles lack any sort of surrounding protective structure such as air bags, which makes bikers more prone to suffer severe or fatal injuries when they are involved in a collision. Motorcycle accidents can result in brain injuries, broken bones, or even death. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes in the United States. In addition, 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in 2015 as well. Motorcyclists are, on average, 27 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle mile traveled, and are over five times as likely to be injured.
These some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:
Unsafe lane changes – Because motorcycles are smaller, they can be difficult to see. When other drivers fail to see a motorcycle, either because of blind spots or failure to lookout, accidents can easily occur. It is the responsibility of all motor vehicle operators to watch the road properly and be aware of other drivers, including motorcyclists.
Speeding. Speeding is a leading cause of all types of motor vehicle accidents. Speeding reduces a driver’s chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers in time to prevent a collision. The greater the speed, the greater the impact, and the more severe the consequences are.
Driving under the influence. Driving while impaired by alcohol or drug use is a concern in any type of motor vehicle. However, motorcycles require a high level of concentration to maneuver and drive properly, and impairment can cause devastating accidents.
Texting drivers not seeing motorcycles. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
Sudden stops. A motorcycle rear-end accident can often be deadly. Sudden stops can cause the bike to flip end-over-end, throwing the rider off the bike and resulting in serious injury.
Left turn accidents. 40 percent of all motorcycle collisions that occur in the United States are the result of a driver turning left in front of a motorcyclist who has the right of way. A car fails to see a motorcycle or judges the speed incorrectly, and turns in front of the motorcyclist at an intersection.
Dangerous road conditions. Crumbling or uneven pavement, potholes, and debris, can all increase a motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control of his or her vehicle.
Motorcyclists face far greater risk for fatal or serious accidents on the road. Motorcycle riders can increase safety by being aware of the common causes of accidents and taking steps to reduce or avoid risks. If you or someone you know is injured because of a motorcycle accident, we encourage you to contact Proner & Proner law offices to discuss your potential case. You may be entitled to compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and more.