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Motorcycle Accident Causes


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Motorcycle accidents might not be more common than other kinds of traffic accidents, but the injuries they impart are commonly far more severe. In fact, an individual in a motorcycle accident faces a risk of death that is 35 times higher than an individual who is driving another kind of vehicle in the same accident. Someone driving in a sedan, in other words, is far less likely to receive fatal injuries than a motorcyclist. With this information in mind, it is important to understand what causes motorcycle accidents so that you can best protect yourself and others.

And, of course, if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the skilled attorneys at the Baudin Law Group can help ensure that you receive the best representation possible.

What causes motorcycle accidents?

As is the case with other automobile traffic accidents, the causes of motorcycle accidents are varied and can be the result of the motorcyclist’s actions as well as the other driver’s negligence. One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is the left-hand turn. It might not seem like a tricky maneuver, but turning left at an intersection is actually quite dangerous. This especially true for motorcyclists who might not be clearly visible to other cars on the road.

One of the most common causes of fatalities in motorcycle accidents is the head-on collision. In fact, more than half of the deaths related to motorcycle accidents result from head-on collisions, where the devastating impact can immediately cause debilitating and life-changing injuries. Another issue that causes serious injuries in many motorcyclists comes from lane splitting. This is where the motorcyclist in question attempts to move through the space between two lanes in order to pass other vehicles. They literally split the lanes and move down the dividing line. Because the space between lanes is already limited, there is a high chance of injury and collision associated with lane splitting.

Speeding is yet another serious cause of many motorcycle accidents. It can be tempting to move quickly through traffic, especially given how easily motorcycles handle this task. It is inherently risky, however, and could easily result in the motorcyclist’s serious injury or death. The same can be said of tailgating. Whether the motorcyclist is tailgating other vehicles or being tailgated themselves, this is a dangerous situation for any motorist to be in.

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

• Drugs
• Poor Road Maintenance
• Distracted Drivers
• Poor Weather Conditions
• Road Rage
• Driver Assistive Technology
• Sport, Supersport, and High-Performance Motorcycles

In order to help reduce motorcycle accidents and the injuries and fatalities that come along with them, it is important to understand the issues that increase the risk and be mindful of them. Keep the information above in mind and use it to keep yourself, and those around you, safe while on the road.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced attorneys at the Baudin Law Group can help! Reach out to us today for more information about how we can represent you and ensure that your rights are upheld.