What Are the Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injury or death compared to car accidents. This is due to the relative lack of protection afforded to motorcyclists. While protective gear can help, motorcyclists still risk serious injury when on the road.

Here is a brief list of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes and how to make sure you don’t end up in one.

  • The left turn accident. These accidents account for 42 percent of all accidents involving a motorcycle and a car. Left turn accidents occur when a motorcyclist is going through an intersection, passing a car or trying to overtake the car and is struck by a car. While these accidents occur for cars as well, motorcyclists are at higher risk because they are harder to see. To avoid these accidents, always use caution when crossing intersections and don’t rely on other people using their turn signals.
  • Lane splitting. This occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Because of the close proximity of cars to the motorcycle, reduced space to ride through and the fact that drivers often don’t anticipate ride splitters, this action can lead to motorcycle accidents. Lane splitting is not legal in Colorado.
  • Speeding and alcohol use. Almost half of all motorcycles involve speeding as a factor. Follow the speed limit, for your own safety.
  • Road hazards. Given the smaller size and less stable nature of bikes, even minor defects in roads can lead to catastrophic injury. Avoid these hazards by knowing your route and keeping enough space between your bike and the vehicles ahead to identify any approaching hazards.

Even if you follow all this advice, you may still find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident. If you do, our law firm is ready to assist you in seeking damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.