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What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

On Behalf of | Jul 16, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Given the vulnerable position of motorcyclists on the road, it is no surprise that motorcycle accidents commonly result in devastating injuries.

The damages in these cases are often significant, and the causes are often avoidable.

Causes involving human error

Human error causes the majority of motorcycle accidents. For example:

  • Lane splitting occurs when motorcyclists drive between two touching lanes.
  • Left-turn errors include misjudging distance and right-of-way before turning.
  • Stopping suddenly is a common cause of rear-end collisions, especially when tailgating.
  • Driving under the influence carries criminal charges and civil accountability.
  • Changing lanes unsafely means failing to carefully check mirrors for other vehicles before switching lanes.
  • Speeding is the most common cause. The higher the speed of a vehicle, the less time available to stop.
  • Opening car doors without looking when parked on the street is dangerous.

If a motorcycle accident involving another vehicle results in significant injuries, the injured party may file a personal injury claim. If the accident results in the injured party’s death, their family may file a wrongful death case against the negligent party.

Causes involving environmental hazards

Hazardous road conditions are especially dangerous for motorcyclists. For example, cracked or crumbled pavement, debris from other vehicles or construction work and potholes can cause a motorcyclist to lose control faster than any other vehicle. When construction workers fail to place proper signage or the city does not replace a broken traffic signal, the injured party may have a claim against the party responsible.

If you suffer an injury in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent party, you can file a claim for damages.