Motorcycle accidents occur most frequently at intersections or other areas where it might be difficult for drivers to pay attention. Intersections present a problem for motorcyclists, because there may be other objects that will obstruct the view of drivers, such as plants and buildings.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 51 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents in 2005 took place at intersections. Areas where cars are making a left turn in front of a motorcycle can cause an accident, and intersections present plenty of opportunities for unexpected stops and turns.
There are other reasons a driver may fail to notice motorcyclists at intersections, including texting and driving and failing to recognize the right-of-way. Distracted driving has become a problem for all motorists, but it can be especially dangerous to a vehicle with little protection.
In addition to inattentive driving, statistics released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that motorcycle accidents are most likely to happen when traffic density is at its heaviest, such as the hours between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Smaller, sports-sized motorcycles were more likely to be involved in an accident. This is a combination of this kind of motorcycle being faster, more vulnerable to damage from an accident and harder to spot.
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