The Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

When you ride a motorcycle you are more vulnerable to serious injury, or even death, if involved in an accident. Compared to cars, motorcycles are significantly more exposed and offer less safety options for riders as they go about their daily commute or weekend ride.

At the Law Offices of Van Dorn, Curtiss & Rousseau, we are experienced motorcycle accident lawyers who understand your love of riding and work to make sure you’re fairly compensated in the event of any accident. We also encourage practicing safe riding and understanding the frequent causes of motorcycle accidents so that you can prevent significant injury to yourself or others.

The common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Alcohol and speeding: Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents involve alcohol use or speeding
  • Head-on collisions: Accidents with other vehicles result in the most serious injury and death for motorcyclists with 75% coming from head-on collisions
  • Left hand turns: When cars make left hand turns they cross traffic, making you vulnerable if you are riding through the intersection or passing and trying to overtake the car
  • Lane splitting: If you split lanes in traffic you are susceptible to an accident as a vehicle may not expect or see you approach. Laws vary by state for liability
  • Road hazards: Weather, potholes, and other road conditions are actually not as common as accidents with vehicles, but being aware of them is still important
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