Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

With the minimum protection offered by a motorcycle, fatalities after a motorcycle accident occur at a greater rate than the fatalities of passenger-vehicle drivers. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of motorcycle drivers are injured each year as a result of both single-vehicle accidents and accidents with other vehicles.

Motorcycle accidents occur for many reasons, including:

  • Failure to yield right-of-way to motorcycles
  • Failure to detect and recognize motorcycles
  • Failure to provide cyclist with enough room to maneuver
  • Turning in front of a motorcycle
  • DUI
  • Roadway defects
  • Poor roadway maintenance

Injuries caused by motorcycle accidents can be quite serious, and most often involve injury to the head, neck, legs and feet.

Just like other drivers, cyclists have certain rights on the roadway. For example, a motorcycle is smaller than other vehicles but is entitled to the full width of the lane.

More than half of all motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle. One of the most common causes of these accidents involves a passenger car misjudging the speed of an approaching motorcycle and turning in front of the cycle.

If you are a motorcycle driver who has been injured after an accident in New Hampshire or Vermont, please contact the experienced Vermont motorcycle accident attorneys at Van Dorn, Curtiss, Rousseau & Ross, PLLC, at (603) 556-4148 to schedule a consultation.


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