Motorcycle accidents can result in serious injury or death. This is due to the fact that motorcyclists have far less protection than people who are in cars and trucks. To improve safety, it is important that motorcyclists understand the common causes of motorcycle accidents. Learning about the causes of motorcycle accidents can help a motorcyclist be aware of any dangerous situations while on the road.
Here Is a List of Some of the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents:
Head-on-Collisions – 56% of motorcycle accident deaths happen due to a crash between a motorcycle and other vehicles. In a majority of these accidents, the car strikes the motorcycle from the rear 5% of the time. Due to the nature of physic and the size of a vehicle compared to a motorcycle the motorcyclist can end up with fatal injuries, that can sometimes result in death.
Cars Making Left Turns – Cars making left turns can be very dangerous for motorcyclists. These kind of collisions accounts for around 42% of all accidents that involve motorcycles and other motor vehicles. Cars making left turns usually hit the motorcycle when it is going straight through an intersection or passing the car or trying to overtake the car.
Lane Splitting – Lane splitting takes place when the motorcyclist rides between two lanes of stopped cars, or cars that are moving slowly. Lane splitting is common when the traffic slows down. Due to its size, the motorcyclist can move their bikes into the makeshift lanes. However, it becomes a common reason for accidents due to the close proximity of the cars to the motorcycle. It also reduces the space the bike has to maneuver. Additionally, accidents also happen because cars do not always anticipate that the motorcycle will be pulling up next to them.
Speeding and Alcohol Use – A majority of single motorcycle accidents are caused due to speeding or alcohol use. Because motorcycles don’t provide much protection to the rider, crashes due to speeding or use of alcohol are more likely to result in serious injury or even death.
Hitting Fixed Objects – Hitting fixed and stationary objects is another cause of motorcycle accidents. The impact can be dangerous, whether it is a tree, a vehicle on the side of the road, a fence, or any other object. Motorcycles hitting fixed objects accounts for 25% of motorcycle accident deaths. Hitting fixed objects can often result in the rider being thrown from the bike, causing terrible injuries and death in some cases.
Road Conditions – Road conditions can cause more danger to motorcycles than cars and other vehicles. Due to its small size, road conditions such as, potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities or unexpected objects in the road pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles.
High Performance Motorcycles – High performance motorcycles, like sport and super-sport motorcycles account for a disproportionate number of motorcycle accidents. These types of motorcycles tend to go faster, and this can make them more difficult to control when compared with traditional motorcycles. Also, a majority of high performance motorcycle riders are young and they tend to be reckless when riding. This is another major cause of such accidents. The number of deaths from high performance motorcycles is around four times higher than of traditional motorcycles.
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