In recent years, the number of motorcycle accidents have dropped slightly. Unfortunately, the death and injury toll has risen. More motorcyclists are losing their lives while on the road, despite fewer accidents taking place overall. The cause of such accidents varies drastically, though most involve some form of negligence. If you have suffered injuries due to a motorcycle accident, consider seeking legal representation.
Motorcycle Accident Factors
People are used to seeing passenger vehicles on the road. The sight of a motorcycle is slightly rarer. These machines are often less visible and less stable, which leads to accidents in several ways, including:
- Drivers fail to see motorcycles. Over 40 percent of fatal motorcycle accidents occur when another vehicle turns left and does not spot a motorcycle immediately.
- Drivers fail to head check when changing lanes. This happens more easily with motorcycles, which may be hidden in blind spots.
- Drivers follow too closely. Motorcycles are lightweight and have a shorter stopping distance. A passenger vehicle, on the other hand, when following too closely, may rear-end the motorcycle when coming to a stop.
- Dangerous roadways often cause wipeouts. When motorcyclists are not paying enough attention, wipe outs due to potholes, cracks, or pooled water may occur.
Dangerous behaviors are a leading cause of motorcycles accidents. These behaviors include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drug-impaired driving
- Drowsy driving
- Aggressive driving
More people are using their cell phones behind the wheel, which is the leading cause of distracted driving in the country. We also notice more aggressive driving on the roadways today, including speeding, tailgating, and unnecessary lane changes – all dangerous.