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Five Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 8, 2015


Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exhilarating. At the same time, we also know that riding can be dangerous and risky. This is often because motorcyclists lack the protections the drivers or passengers of other vehicles enjoy, like a metal frame, seatbelts, and airbags.

Statistics show that most motorcycle accidents are caused by dangerous drivers. While bikers get the bad rap, this is a fact. Here are the top five actions on the part of negligent drivers that cause motorcycle accidents:

1. Drunk Driving: Alcohol plays a significant role in motorcycle accidents. When a driver gets behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, it’s more likely that they will miss a motorcyclist at a street intersection or while changing lanes.

2. Failure to yield: Many drivers who cause motorcycle accidents often claim that they “never saw the motorcycle coming.” This usually happens when a vehicle is attempting a left turn and the motorist fails to see an oncoming motorcycle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 41 percent of two-vehicle motorcycle crashes that resulted in the motorcyclist’s death involved a driver turning left.

3. Excessive speed: About one-third of all traffic accidents involve speeding. Whether it’s the car or the motor speeding, the consequences can be devastating for bikers. When speeding, people are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid a deadly collision.

4. Dangerous roadway conditions: Motorcycles are more vulnerable to dangerous and defective roadway conditions because of their size and weight. Potholes, debris, pebbles, and uneven pavement can cause a motorcyclist to lose control of their vehicles and crash.

5. Defective parts: When a motorcycle or one of its parts is defective, there’s a higher risk of a serious injury crash. In such cases, the manufacturer of the motorcycle or the defective part can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, the experienced New Jersey motorcycle accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help you better understand your legal rights and options.

Call us for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation. You can reach us at (609) 240-0040.


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