3 Road Hazards that Cause Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are common occurrences. While they are not as frequent as automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents are more likely to cause serious injury or death.

Government statistics show that there are 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents. Furthermore, though most motorcycle accidents in traffic occur at under 30 mph, they have a high rate of fatalities due to head trauma.

The three most common causes of motorcycle accidents are as follows:

  1. Failure of the drivers of automobiles and trucks to see motorcyclists
  2. Failure of motorists to properly yield to motorcyclists
  3. Mistakes operating the motorcycle

Failure to See Motorcyclists

According to numerous studies, the failure of motorists to see motorcycles on the road or in traffic is the number one cause of motorcycle accidents. The most dangerous situation for a cyclist is when a car makes a left-hand turn. Often, the driver doesn’t see the motorcyclist as he is coming through the intersection.

In fact, the most frequently cited cause of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents is a driver turning left in front of an oncoming motorcycle. This type of accident makes up almost half of the accidents between motorcycles and cars. Moreover, in the majority of accidents between motorcycles and cars, the car strikes the motorcycle from the front approximately 78% of the time.

Failure to Yield to Motorcyclists

More than half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by motorists violating the motorcycle’s right of way. Most of the time, the vehicle that failed to yield to the motorcyclist will be held at fault for the accident. However, if the motorcycle was speeding or not in the proper lane, there could be comparative negligence issues that will result in a lower recovery or possibly even no recovery for the injured motorcyclist.

Inexperienced Motorcyclists

When operating a motorcycle on the road, inexperience and lack of basic skills can be as deadly as operating a motorcycle (or any other vehicle) while under the influence of alcohol.

It takes a considerable amount of learning and practice to have the skill level to safely operate a motorcycle in traffic. In single-vehicle motorcycle claims over two-thirds are cited as being caused by mistakes made by the riders themselves. In most cases, the motorcyclist runs off the road and into an immovable object due to excessive speed, an inability to turn the bike or an inability to brake properly.

An Experienced Indiana Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney who knows motorcycle injury law can protect your rights. We have been assisting injured victims and their family members to recover damages for their injuries for more than a quarter of a century, and we can help you to determine if you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries and losses.

Allow us to put our years of experience and knowledge to work for you. Contact Jacobs Law, LLC online or call us today toll-free at (317) 794-2024 to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation.