We understand motorcyclists’ many challenges and dangers on the road. In fact, on average, motorcyclists are 27 times more probable to die in a motorcycle accidents than passenger motorcycle occupants and are more than five times more probable to be injured. In this article we have listed the 10 most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
1. Left Hand Turns
Nearly 50% of the motorcycle accidents occur when a car taking a left hand turn in front of you and fails to see you or unable to judge your speed correctly. Sometimes the motorcyclist tries to cross the vehicle in most instances or goes directly through an intersection while the vehicle tries to turn left. This happens because motorcycles are smaller than cars, so many drivers may not see a motorcyclist approaching them from the side.
2. Unsafe Lane Changes
Motorcycles often fall into the blind spots of drivers, which implies they often get involved in accidents where the driver tried to change lanes before they collided with the motorcyclist.
3. Lane Splitting
Driving between two lanes of traffic is called “lane splitting” and it is legal in the state of California. It can be quite hazardous because there is little room between the motorcycle and other vehicles.
4. Head-On Collisions
Unsurprisingly, the motorcyclist often finds head-on collisions between a bike and a vehicle deadly. 77 percent of motorcycles engaged in two-vehicle collisions were hit in the front. Both the car and motorcycle are usually in fairly high speeds in head on crashes, which implies that the chances of the motorcyclist getting seriously wounded are dramatically increased.
5. Collision With Open Car Door
It is difficult to establish fault in such cases where a parked car driver opens the door and a passing motorcyclist hits it. Avoid driving too close to the parked or halted cars.
6. Driving While Intoxicated
Alcohol plays a major role in motorcycle crashes and such crashes are much more likely to result in death or severe injury, usually for the person on the motorcycle. As per NHTSA 2016 report 4,950 motorcycle riders killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes and of those, 1,259 (25%) were alcohol-impaired (BAC of .08 g/dL or higher). In addition, there were 355 (7%) fatally injured motorcycle riders who had lower alcohol levels (BACs of .01 to .07 g/dL).
7. Dangerous Road Conditions
Dangerous road condition is the leading cause of single- vehicle motorcycle crash. Cracked or grooved pavement, potholes, road debris and lack of proper signage can all increase the chances of a motorcyclist losing control over his or her vehicle. If you are injured because of a road’s hazardous condition, you may be able to file a claim against the city, county, or state that is responsible for maintaining the road.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, whatever the cause, contact Farahi Law Firm, APC immediately to protect your rights. Our experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorneys can help you to determine what caused your accident and who should be held legally responsible for the same. Call for a free consultation today (310) 272-5949