Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are not any more common than car accidents, but they are more likely to result in a serious injury or death.

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Head-on collisions – These happen when a car hits the front of a motorcycle. This type of collision is often fatal to the motorcyclist.

Cars making left-hand turns – The most dangerous situation for a motorcyclist is when other vehicles are making left-hand turns. In fact, this type of crash makes up 42% of accidents that involve a car and a motorcycle.

Lane splitting – This happens when a rider drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Usually these accidents are caused by:

  • The limited space the motorcyclist has to maneuver.
  • The fact cars do not expect a motorcycle will be passing them when traffic is stopped or moving at a reduced speed.

Motorcycle Accidents

Alcohol, drugs, or speeding – Nearly half of single motorcycle accidents are caused by a rider who was speeding or under the influence. Because riders are not protected by an airbag or seatbelt, these crashes are usually very serious.

Poor road conditions – Hazards such as motor oil, pot holes, or grease often cause riders to lose control of their motorcycle.

Open-door accidents – Drivers do not always see motorcyclist coming and they open their door in the rider’s path. These accidents especially happen in urban areas.

If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact us. We’d be happy to give you more information so you can safely ride your motorcycle.

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