Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

If you are a motorcyclist, it is important that you are aware of the many hazards that can cause you to be involved in an accident. In fact, crashes that involve motorcycles and other vehicles make up 56% of all motorcycle accident deaths. Because motorcyclists are exposed when they are on the road, they are much more likely to suffer severe or fatal injuries if they are involved in an accident. On average, motorcycle riders are twenty-seven times more likely to die in a car crash than occupants who are in in a passenger vehicle. They are also five times more likely to be injured. Below, we explain the common causes of motorcycle accidents to help you stay safe the next time you go out for a ride.

Cars Making Left-Hand Turns

One of the biggest dangers that motorcyclists face is cars making left-hand turns. Accidents caused by cars making left-hand turns account for 42% of all accidents that involve motorcycles and cars. The car that is making the left-hand turn usually strikes the motorcycle when it is:

  • Traveling through an intersection
  • Passing the car
  • Attempting to overtake the car

Although these kind of accidents are common between two cars as well, the smaller size of the motorcycle makes it less visible to vehicles that are making turns.

Lane Splitting

A lane split is when a motorcycle rider maneuvers between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars. Lane splitting commonly causes motorcycle accidents because of how close the motorcycle is to other cars. The reduced space between vehicles also means that motorcyclists have less room to maneuver. Another major cause of lane splitting accidents is the fact that most drivers don’t anticipate that a motorcycle will be passing them while they are sitting in slowed or stopped traffic.

Road Hazards

Motorcyclists often face greater danger from road hazards than cars and other vehicles. Because motorcycles are smaller and less stable than passenger vehicles, potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities in the road pose a significant safety risk to motorcyclists.

Accidents with Fixed Objects

Collisions between motorcycles and fixed objects account for 25% of motorcyclist deaths, and only 18% of car collision deaths. Motorcycles lack the protection that cars have, making it much more likely for a rider to be thrown around violently when they collide with a fixed object.

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