3 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

A silhouette of a motorcycle in front of the horizon. Although motorcycle accidents are just as frequent as other automobile crashes, they are much more likely to result in injury or death. Even simple, low speed collisions can be incredibly dangerous for the rider, especially if they are not wearing a helmet or protective gear. For this reason, it is important to exercise extra caution when riding a motorcycle, even if you are experienced. Here are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents and how you can avoid them.

Vehicles Making Left-Hand Turns

Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents happen when a vehicle making a left hand turn hits a motorcycle either travelling the opposite direction or trying to pass them. This can result in a head-on collision or a side-swipe, resulting in serious injuries or death at high speeds. To avoid this, do not pass on the left and slow down near intersections.

Lane Splitting

During traffic jams, many motorcyclists will try to drive between two lanes of cars to get through the slow traffic. Since the space between lanes is so small, other drivers may not expect a motorcycle to pass by them when they change lanes. In this situation, there isn’t enough room for the rider to maneuver around the vehicle, leading to an accident. Staying in the marked lanes, while time consuming, will reduce the risk of injury.

Road Hazards

Since motorcycles are less stable than four-wheeled vehicles, they are more susceptible to hazardous road conditions such as potholes, uneven pavement, rain, and loose objects. If an object flies out from the back of another vehicle and hits a motorcycle, it can cause the rider to lose control and crash. In addition, rain and snow can make it much more difficult to maintain stability. If there are any road hazards, make sure you have ample room to evade them or slow down so you can safely pass them.

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?

If you have been injured while riding a motorcycle due to the negligence of another, call Johnson & Biscone, P.A. today at 405-232-6490 to schedule a consultation. We are proud to serve clients living in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and surrounding Oklahoma communities.

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