Causes of Motorcycle Accidents, part 2

Continuing from the Causes of Motorcycle Accidents part 1, our accident attorneys provide more insights into what the typical causes of these unfortunate accidents are.

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Weather Conditions

The weather keeps changing throughout the year. Rain is the most common cause of accidents. The road could get slick and visibility could get blurry making it hard to see what is ahead. It becomes difficult to make adjustments in such conditions. The safest thing to do is to stop until the road is clear otherwise, chances of getting involved in an accident are much higher. Additional causes of accidents could be wet leaves on the pavement making the road slick and extremely windy conditions which could cause the bike to wobble resulting in the loss of control and increasing the chances of a collision. In addition, it is not easy to see signs, poles, and trees in such weather conditions adding to the possibility of an accident.

Biker on motorcycleLane Splitting

It occurs when the motorcyclist passes between two lanes of cars that are moving slowly or at a standstill. Riders use this method to save time when traffic is congested. It is dangerous, especially for the inexperienced riders. Motorcyclists can be knocked down by a driver who moves to another lane or if a car swerves slightly.

Lack of Experience and Licensing

Majority of riders do not go for formal training to get licensed to learn the rules and regulations of motorcycle riding. When combined with inexperience, it can lead to fatalities. Reckless riding and errors in most cases are a result of lack of proper knowledge. Stunts such as wheelies at excessive speed by an experienced rider can result in an accident that in most cases can lead to death. Inexperienced riders pose a danger to other road users.

Lack of Antilock Brakes

Riding a motorcycle and applying brakes on the bike is more difficult than a car. Motorbikes are not stable by nature. Antilock brakes adjust the braking pressure to prevent the wheels from locking, in turn, maintaining the stability of the bike. Braking occurs on the front and rear wheels depending on the selection of the rider. When a motorcycle doesn’t have antilock brakes, and you happen to apply brakes suddenly, the wheels can lock. The motorcyclist then fails to maintain stability resulting in an accident.

Left-Hand Turns

Motorcycle accidents happen when cars are making left-hand turns. The turning vehicle strikes the motorcycle when going through an intersection or when riders try to overtake traffic. Misjudgment of distance and distraction can cause a collision. Motorbikes are smaller in size and are not always visible to a turning car. Motorcyclists that pass vehicles in the same lane are at a higher risk of collision because drivers do not expect such maneuvers.

Sudden Stops

When motorcyclists fail to leave enough space for the vehicle in front of them, and the car suddenly stops, it can cause a collision and could cause the motorcyclist to be thrown off the bike onto the pavement, making the impact devastating. In most cases, the drivers do not see the rider.

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Riding a motorcycle requires physical coordination and skills. Riders need to be extra careful on the road to prevent accidents. We urge you to stay safe on the roads at all times, and if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the negligence or fault of another in a motorcycle accident please call our injury law team for a free case evaluation. We are available to take your call 24/7. Dial 800-753-5203 to speak with a member of our dedicated injury law team.

Related Articles:

Common types of Motorcycle Accidents … part 1

Common types of Motorcycle Accidents … part 2

See also: http://gas2.org/2015/11/23/5-most-common-causes-of-motorcycle-accidents/