An estimated 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in a motorcycle accident in 2015 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In addition, these motorcycle accident accounted for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015. Here are some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. By being aware of these causes could potentially help you to avoid a motorcycle accident.
Often when traffic is heavy, a motorcyclist may decide to drive between lanes. Or a motorcyclist may decide to drive between cars moving slowly. Lane splitting is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. Here are a few reasons why lane splitting should be avoided:
- Other drivers don’t normally expect a motorcyclist to split lanes.
- Less space to maneuver.
- Other vehicles are closer to the motorcycle.
A driver of a motorcycle or vehicle should always be aware of road hazards. Road hazards include: uneven lanes, potholes, dead animals or anything else sitting in the lane. Hitting a road hazard could be deadly for a motorcyclist.
Driving Too Fast
It is always dangerous to speed no matter what you are driving. Driving fast on a motorcycle is a great temptation for many. However, most motorcycle accidents are caused by excessive speeding.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is never okay but even worse on a motorcycle. Almost half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by drunk drivers.
A common place for a motorcycle accident to take place is in an intersection. Since motorcycles are smaller and harder to see, they often go unseen when turning. A motorcyclist could also be hit by a vehicle turning left. Be aware and cautious of other drivers turning when driving a motorcycle.
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If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, call personal injury attorney Mat Parke for a free consultation. The attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm have handled many motorcycle accident cases. Our law firm believes every client deserves fair representation, not just big insurance companies with deep pockets. Call our Tri-Cities law office today at (509) 582-7274.
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