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What Are The Main Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

July 28, 2023 | Firm News

For many, riding a motorcycle offers a sense of freedom that cannot be matched by any other vehicle. However, as exhilarating as it may be, it does not come without its own set of risks. Understanding the main causes of motorcycle accidents is crucial in protecting yourself.

Human Factors Contributing to Motorcycle Accidents

It’s crucial to be aware of key human factors that can contribute to motorcycle accidents. Some of the most common include the following:

Speeding and Reckless Driving: Exceeding speed limits or driving without regard for safety frequently leads to serious accidents as it reduces reaction time thus increasing chances of significant collisions.

Inexperienced Riders and Lack of Proper Training: Riding a motorcycle requires certain skills which only come with proper training and experience. Without these, riders are much more likely to become involved in an accident. 

Distracted Driving/Riding: Many motorcycle accidents are caused by distracted driving from others on the road or distracted driving by the motorcyclist. Whether it’s texting, eating, or even something important like looking at GPS, this can lead to serious accidents and fatalities. 

Impaired Riding Under Influence Alcohol Drugs: Impaired driving – whether on the part of the motorcycle or another driver – is incredibly dangerous because it slows down reaction time and affects judgment and coordination, leading to a high risk of accidents.

Environmental Factors Leading to Motorcycle Accidents

Various environmental conditions can also lead to motorcycle accidents, including the following:

Poor Road Conditions: Problems with the road itself, like potholes or unclear signs, can cause a rider to lose control of the bike and crash.

Extreme Weather: Bad weather can make riding your motorcycle riskier. Heavy rain can cause slippery roads and hard-to-see conditions, increasing the chance for accidents. Snow or ice on roads also raise risks as they make controlling your bike tougher. Additionally, strong winds might disrupt balance and control over bikes.

Other vehicles can also have trouble in these weather conditions, causing more danger on the road.

Limited Night Visibility: Limited night visibility means it’s harder to see when you’re riding a motorcycle at night. Because motorcycles are smaller and only have one headlight, it makes them much less visible to other cars on the road. Additionally, it can make it more difficult for the rider to spot objects, judge distances, and react in time to obstacles or vehicles on the road. 

Other Concerns Leading to Motorcycle Accidents

In addition to the cause stated above, there are some other cause and issues to be aware of:

Manufacturer Defects

While many motorcycle accidents can be attributed to rider error or road conditions, there are cases where manufacturer defects can cause accidents as well. This can include tire defects, brake defects, engine and transmission defects, or more. Regular maintenance checks can help.

Lack of Protective Gear

While not a direct cause of an accident, wearing inadequate or no protective gear can significantly worsen the outcome of a crash. Motorcycle-specific safety gear such as helmets, jackets, and gloves can help prevent severe injury and even save your life.

There is no denying that motorcycle accidents can have serious consequences. The good news is that many of these accidents can be prevented. If you do find yourself in an accident and you believe someone else was responsible, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer to discuss your options.