Top 4 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and How You Can Avoid Them

Preliminary estimates indicate that nearly 40,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2017. Of these, approximately 14 percent represent motorcycle accident victims. More than 90 percent of crashes are caused by human error, making them completely preventable.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, your injuries will likely be severe given the limited protection that you have around you. Some common causes of motorcycle accidents and ways to prevent them include:

1. Not Following Right of Way Rules

Many motorcycle accidents occur when motorists – whether drivers of passenger cars or bikes – fail to follow the proper rules of the road. Drivers may run red lights or fail to yield, causing an accident in the process. A common situation involving motorcycle accident victims involves making a left-hand turn when the motorist does not yield to an oncoming motorist who is traveling straight through the intersection. Carefully following the rules of the road may help prevent these types of accidents.

2. Being in Blind Spots

Motorcyclists only make up three percent of all registered vehicles in the country. Quite simply, other motorists are not expecting them and often do not keep a proper lookout for them. Motorcyclists can try to avoid being hit by an inattentive driver by staying out of their blind spots and being particularly cautious when driving to the side of another vehicle or when passing. Motorcyclists can also increase their visibility by wearing bright colors.

3. Not Adjusting Speed

Speeding plays a contributing role in many fatal motorcycle accidents, being present in approximately one-third of fatal accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcyclists must remember that speed limits are intended to be the maximum speeds. Additionally, motorcyclists must be even more vigilant than other drivers to adjust speed for road or weather conditions. A pothole, loose patch of gravel or slick roadway can be deadly for motorcyclists. A common mistake by inexperienced motorcyclists is to take corners too quickly. Slowing down in these situations can help save your life.

4. Lane Sharing

Lane sharing involves weaving in between slow-moving or parked vehicles. It can also consist of two bikers occupying the same space intended for one vehicle. Because other drivers are not expecting drivers this close, they may not see them. Avoiding this practice can help reduce your risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident. 

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If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney at Lampariello Law Group can help.

Contact us today to schedule your free consultation to learn about your legal options and whether you can pursue a claim to seek compensation for your injuries.