Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
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.
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.
Potholes, slick pavements, uneven heights between lanes, and even dead
animals pose a safety threat to motorcycles.
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