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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

While motorcycle accidents are not necessarily as frequent as car accidents, they are more likely to result in severe injury or death. This is likely due to the fact that motorcyclists have far less protection compared to those in automobiles and trucks. In order to improve safety while on the road, motorcyclists should be aware of the most common causes of motorcycle collisions to be aware of these dangerous situations.

Head-On Collisions

Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for approximately 56% of fatalities related to motorcycle accidents. In most cases, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front nearly 80% of the time. Due to the size and momentum generated from a car compared to a motorcycle, these accidents are most often fatal to the motorcyclist.

Cars Making Left-Hand Turns

Around 42% of all collisions involving motorcycles and other vehicles occurs when cars are making left-hand turns. Often the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcyclists are going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or attempting to overtake the car. While the driver of the vehicle will typically be found at fault for the accident, a motorcyclist can be responsible if he or she was speeding or in the wrong lane.

Motorcycle Lane Splitting

Lane splitting occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes during stopped or slow moving cars, typically in traffic. When motorcyclists perform this action, however, they are in close proximity of the surrounding cars, which reduces the space a motorcycle has to maneuver. In addition, cars do not often anticipate that any vehicle or motorcycle will pass them in traffic.

Alcohol Use & Speeding

Did you know that around half of accidents involving a single rider are caused by alcohol use and speeding? Again, since motorcyclists are limited in protection, collisions involving an intoxicated or speeding rider are more likely to lead to serious injury or death.

Road Hazards

Potholes, slick pavements, uneven heights between lanes, and even dead animals pose a safety threat to motorcycles.

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With more than 40 years of experience, the Wruble Law Group has a comprehensive understanding of Indiana personal injury law to guide you through the complexities of the legal system. Our South motorcycle accident attorneys can investigate your accident, collect evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight tirelessly for your while you make the best recovery possible from your injury.

If you suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence and recklessness of another party in Indiana, contact our South Bend personal injury lawyers at Wruble Law Group for a free case evaluation today.

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