Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
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While motorcycle accidents are not necessarily happening more than vehicle accidents, they are more likely to result in death or serious injury. According to the recent statistics, for every mile a motorcycle traveled in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths on those motorcycles than car accidents. These alarming statistics are reason alone for cars and trucks to be more aware of the bikes on the road. Operators know there are certain risks to riding a motorcycle. But, the most common causes of motorcycle accidents have nothing to do with the biker’s ability to ride; instead, it is fixed objects and other vehicles on the road with them.
The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
At Leifer Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of motorcycle accident victims. While an accident can occur for almost any reason, there are a few more common reasons that we have seen, including:
This is when the motorcycle and another vehicle collide head-on. In these accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle first, and is often the most fatal type of motorcycle accident.
Left Hand Turn Errors
One of the most dangerous situations on the road for bikers is when a car makes a left turn. This accounts for 42 percent of accidents between motorcycles and cars and it occurs when the turning vehicle strikes the bike. This can happen while the bike is going straight through the intersection, is passing the vehicle or tries to overtake the car.
Lane splitting is when a motorcycle rides between two lanes of stopped or slowing traffic, usually in traffic jams. Lane splitting is a dangerous activity for motorcyclists because:
- They are close to vehicles
- The space is reduced and there is little to no room to maneuver
- Vehicles are not looking out for bikers who are splitting lanes
- A vehicle can change lanes and accidentally cut off a motorcyclist who is lane splitting
- Cars cannot anticipate that a motorcycle will engage in lane splitting
If the accident occurs while the motorcycle is lane splitting, then it may become an issue of comparative negligence – since the biker was disobeying the law, but the car caused the crash.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders feel that they can speed because it is easier to do so. Vehicles already do not look out for bikers like they should; therefore, a bike moving at excessive speeds may find that:
- Vehicles cut them off, giving them no time to react
- Vehicles misjudge how fast the motorcycle is going when they turn left
- The motorcyclist loses control of the vehicle
A DUI doesn’t just happen in a passenger vehicle. A biker could ride their motorcycle while drunk or a drunk driver could strike the motorcycle.
A motorcycle hitting a fixed object happens much more than people realize. In fact, it occurs in more than 25 percent of motorcycle accidents and is the cause of 18 percent of deaths on bikes. This is because motorcyclists are more prone to being thrown from the motorcycle.
Hazardous Road Conditions
Motorcycles are often victims to the road. Hazards for motorcycles are not the same as they are for vehicles. Vehicles can often handle unexpected bumps without losing control, while an inexperienced motorcycle rider could easily roll their bike if they do not know how to control bumps. Also, motorcycles cannot handle driving over objects like other vehicles, and hitting any type of pothole or bump too fast could cause the motorcycle rider to be thrown into traffic.
Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? Contact the Motorcycle Attorneys at Leifer Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, you need to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney that specializes in these types of cases. Leifer Law Firm respects motorcycle riders and we understand how difficult it is to share the road with other drivers who do not look out for you.
We believe that motorcycle riders need extra protection, and we understand how costly the injuries associated with a motorcycle accident can be. Let our Boca Raton accident attorneys seek justice for you and get you the compensation you are entitled to.
If you were injured because of a driver’s negligence or poor road conditions the city should have taken care of, we can help. Contact us now for a no obligation consultation. We can meet with you here in our offices or anywhere that is convenient for you.