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Motorcycle Accidents: The Most Common Causes

Motorcycle Accidents: The Most Common Causes

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 18-Oct-2017

Riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable experience. It’s a reason there are so many riders throughout California. However, there can be problems, especially when it comes to accidents. While the frequency of collisions from motorcycles are on the same level of frequency as other kinds of accidents, they can be more likely to lead to injuries or even death. In fact, the federal government in 2006 released a study showing 35 times more deaths from a motorcycle compared to a car. This article will look at the factors in these accidents and how a motorcycle injury lawyer can help.

How Motorcycle Accidents Happen

There is a large number of causes for vehicular accidents, especially when it comes to motorcycles. This guide will focus on some of the ones most cited by officers for wrecks involving these bikes:

  • Head-On Collisions: This is the most common reason for deaths resulting from a motorcycle accident, as crashes that involve a motorcycle and another vehicle are responsible for 56% of deaths via an accident. More often, the other car collides with the motorcycle in front (rear-collision accidents make up 5% of wrecks). These types of accidents are usually the most fatal for a biker.

  • Left Turns From Opposing Cars: Accounting for 42% of bike accidents, these occur when the a turning car strikes the motorcycle as a result of the bike passing or overtaking the car, or riding past an intersection. While this accident type does happen between two cars, the decreased size of a motorcycle makes it harder to see in a car’s blind spot. In most cases, the car will be at fault, but the cyclist can be at fault if they violate rules, such as speeding or driving in the wrong lane.

  • Lane Splitting: This is when a biker rides through two lanes of cars that are slowing or stopped, such as in heavy traffic. These wrecks are primarily the result of reduced space on the part of the motorcycle, plus car drivers not expecting a bike to pass them in low speed or stopped driving conditions.

  • Alcohol Use: Drinking while riding is responsible for about half of the single vehicle accidents involving motorcycles. They are also more likely to cause injury or death due to bikes’ offering limited protection.

  • Stationary Objects: A collision with a fixed object on the road is responsible for 25% of motorcycle deaths, compared to 18% for a similar car crash.

  • Road Hazards: With bikes not having the same about of protection surrounding the driver as a car, street dangers such as potholes, slick roads and debris can lead to dangerous conditions for bikers.

  • Sports Motorcycles: Higher performance bikes can reach high rates of speed, sometimes as much as 160 mph. While these bikes make up a small portion of accidents related to motorcycles, the death rate is usually higher for supersport or sport models.

Knowing A Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

If you own or are considering owning a motorcycle, the main thing is to follow the basic laws associated with the bike. However, if an accident results from riding, having an experienced lawyer can give you the assistance you need. The Dunnion Law Firm has handled cases for bikers throughout California for 40 years. To learn more about our services, call 800-U-NEED-US or visit us online.
Categories: Motorcycle Accident