The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents – What You Should Know

Published: 22nd February 2010
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While there might be many reasons and causes for a motorcycle accident, there are some that are more common than others. Here are some of the most common causes and contributing factors of motorcycle accidents.

The biggest majority of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. Less than one-fourth of all motorcycle crashes fall into the single-cyclist category.

In approximately half of all motorcycle accidents, alcohol is a factor.

The single most common cause of motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are due to a driver failing to yield the right of way to a motorcycle. For instance, many crashes occur when a vehicle crosses in front of a motorcycle while making a turn. Statistics say that approximately 70 percent of all collisions between a motorcycle and another vehicle are due to this one cause.

Surprisingly, weather and/or road conditions do not play a large part in most motorcycle crashes, although the dreary truth is that no matter how exciting a motorcycle enthusiast may find the open road and the wind blowing around them; such things as potholes or debris such as tree limbs in the road are more likely to cause an accident for a cyclist than someone in a closed vehicle with four wheels.

Failure of a driver in a vehicle to see or detect a motorcycle in traffic is a leading cause of accidents, including multi-vehicle accidents.

Operator error is a major cause of motorcycle accidents, including inexperience of the cyclist.

Speeding accounts for many motorcycle accidents. Since a motorcycle is open, any accident is potentially far more serious than a regular auto accident, and an accident due to speeding is certainly no exception.

Undivided roadways, or two-lane roads, are another cause of motorcycle accidents.

If you or a loved one have been involved in a motorcycle crash and think that you might have grounds for a lawsuit, you should talk to a lawyer who is skilled and experienced in motorcycle accident lawsuits.

You might have the basis to file suit for compensation for personal injury, property damage, or wrongful death.

If dangerous road conditions in California caused Indio personal injury to you or a loved one, contact our Riverside personal injury attorneys.

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