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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

June 3, 2013 Automobile Accidents

1301095_motorcycle_stunter_tyre_burnout_ sxchu-thumb-225x150-45743By: Chris Stevenson

I recently wrote a blog article titled “Avoid Personal Injury with Motorcycle Accidents.” I started thinking about common causes of motorcycle accidents and thought this would be an obvious choice for the next post.

Motorcycles offer very little protection when a collision occurs. Although helmets help save lives, motorcyclists have little protection should an accident occur. When in a car, you’re protected with airbags, bumpers and the metal body of the car. Obviously, those things don’t exist with motorcycles.

According to a 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Loss Data Institute report, more than 50% of motorcyclist deaths involved at least one other vehicle. 42% of the two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle or a motorcycle passing a vehicle.

In 2009, of the 1,791 motorcyclist deaths that did not involve a collision with another vehicle, 48% were speeding and 42% had a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher.

In summary, motorcycle accidents typically involve cars not yielding the right-of-way to motorcycles, motorcycles speeding, and motorcyclists under the influence of alcohol.

Other possible causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Poor weather conditions
  • Lane splitting
  • Ignoring traffic conditions and signs
  • Inexperienced riders

Given the lack of protection motorcycles offer riders, it’s no surprise that motorcycle accidents almost always result in serious injuries and extensive medical bills. If you were involved in a motorcycle accident you should consult with a personal injury attorney who can help you sort out what legal remedies you may have.

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