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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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Updated May 29, 2019 | Motorcycle Accidents |


Motorcycles offer very little protection when a collision occurs. When in a car, you’re protected with airbags, bumpers and the metal body of the car. Obviously, those protections don’t exist with motorcycles—other than wearing a helmet, you’re on your own.

Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to a 2009 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Loss Data Institute report, more than 50 percent of motorcyclist deaths involved at least one other vehicle. Forty two percent 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 percent were speeding and 42 percent had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents typically involve cars not yielding the right-of-way to motorcycles, speeding, and motorcyclists under the influence of alcohol. Other possible causes of motorcycle accidents include the following:

  • 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.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a motorcycle crash, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Motorcycle Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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