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What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

Motorcycle accidents happen too often and often result in serious injury and even death. According to reports of the federal government, in 2006, there were 35 times more deaths from motorcycle accidents than from car accidents. It is important to be familiar with common causes of motorcycle accidents to prevent and avoid them.

Motorcycle fallen over on street due to accident

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Blind spots

It can be much more difficult to spot motorcycles while merging or changing lanes. Usually, collisions happen while overtaking other vehicles or at junctures.

The Rear-End Accident

Maintaining a safe distance from vehicles in front of you can prevent motorcycle accidents. Rear end accidents cause serious injuries or even death as the motorcyclist may be thrown off the bike if the vehicle in front stops suddenly.

Left-Hand Turn Accidents

Nearly 42% of all motorcycle accidents occur when cars are making left-hand turns.

Speeding and alcohol use

Speeding and alcohol use place the motorcyclist at a high risk of accident. Unlike cars and other vehicles, the injuries may be more significant in a motorcycle accident.

Lane splitting

Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, usually in traffic jams. Accidents can occur when splitting lanes due to a variety of factors such as:

  • Car drivers do not expect a motorcycle to pass them in stopped or slow-moving traffic.
  • Reduced space for the motorcyclist to maneuver.


Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions account for more than half of all deaths in motorcycle accidents.

Single-Bike Accidents

Motorcycles are susceptible to skidding, sliding, and toppling.  Factors such as poor weather conditions, bad road conditions, curvy streets or uneven pavement are leading cause of these types of accidents.

Contact Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Stamford CT Today

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact The Reinken Law Firm for legal help or call at (203) 541-0090 for a free consultation. At The Reinken Law Firm, we are experienced in winning for motorcycle accident victims.

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