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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately common occurrences. What’s more, due to the decreased amount of protection that motorcycles offer their drivers, the injuries sustained in these accidents are more likely to be severe or even fatal. Because of the increased risk for serious injury, it is important to know the common causes of these accidents to spread awareness and prevent them from happening. Having this knowledge will also help you know whether you can bring a lawsuit against another driver and hold that person responsible for negligence. A few of the most common causes and effects of motorcycle accidents include the following.


  1. Failure of other vehicles to see or recognize motorcycles: Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers. Drivers often fail to yield the right of way to motorcyclists and have a tendency not to register motorcycles as vehicles. Some studies demonstrate that drivers do not see motorcycles as they do other vehicles due to the size and quick movement of motorcycles, which heavily contributes to accidents.
  2. Speeding: High speeds of motorcyclists are another main contributor to motorcycle accidents. Because motorcycles rely on two wheels instead of four, they are more likely to overturn than other vehicles, and high speeds further increase this possibility. For example, a pothole may be a minor nuisance for a four-wheeled vehicle going the speed limit, but it could serve as a serious danger for a speeding motorcyclist who could easily overturn when met with uneven terrain.
  3. Alcohol: Alcohol is a main contributor to vehicular accidents in general, and this is no different for motorcycle accidents. Alcohol consumption by motorcyclists heavily contributes to the number of accidents that occur each year and makes cyclists more likely to lose control over their vehicles, overturn, and sustain serious injuries. Additionally, alcohol consumption by other drivers increases the risk of motorcycle accidents and makes them less likely to see or yield to motorcycle drivers.

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