Common Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

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November 16, 2017 - Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are far more likely than automobile accidents to result in death or serious injury.  All too often, when a motorcycle accident occurs, the motorcyclist is the person who is badly hurt or killed in an accident that is caused by a negligent driver.

When a motorcycle accident happens, it becomes imperative to determine how the accident occurred because if a driver was to blame, that driver should be held liable for all economic and non-financial losses that the crash caused to occur. If you or someone you love was hurt or killed in a crash, you should consider reaching out to The Villages motorcycle accident attorney to determine what your options are for identifying the crash cause and holding the driver accountable for damages.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle crashes occur for many reasons. Some of the common causes include:

  • Speeding: When a driver or motorcyclist goes too fast, the chances of an accident increase.  In fact, a 2013 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration  revealed that around 34 percent of all motorcycle riders involved in deadly collisions were found to have been exceeding the speed limit when a collision happened.  Going too fast increases the chances that a motorcyclist will lose control or that a driver won't be able to stop in time to avoid hitting a motorcycle rider.
  • Distraction: If a driver or motorcyclist is distracted, accidents are likely to occur. Motorcyclists are harder to see than other drivers and, as such, driver distraction can be far more dangerous for motorcycle riders.
  • Intoxication: The NHTSA report also indicated that 27 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal accidents were found to have been intoxicated at the time of the accident. If a motorcyclist or driver is drunk, there is a significantly increased chance of collision due to delayed reaction times, impaired judgement, and other alcohol-related impairments.
  • Drivers who don't see motorcyclists: When drivers turn or change lanes, there is a risk the motorist won't see the motorcycle rider. The Look Twice, Save a Life campaign aims to encourage drivers to check carefully to make sure a motorcyclist is not in the driver's blind spot.
  • Drivers who have difficulty judging motorcycle speed: Many drivers are not good a sharing the road with motorcyclists. Drivers may have difficulty judging how fast motorcycles travel, which makes it more likely a driver will cut off a motorcyclist and cause a T-bone crash. Drivers having difficult judging the speed of motorcycle riders also increases the likelihood of a rear-end collision if a driver fails to slow down his speed when approaching a motorcycle rider as the lead vehicle.

These are just some of the common reasons why motorcycle accidents happen. After a collision, The Villages motorcycle accident attorney Tim Babiarz can provide you with help in determining the crash cause, identifying who was to blame, and taking appropriate legal action to recover financial compensation for damages.  Contact us today to find out how Babiarz Law Firm, P.A. can help you.