Riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, particularly if you do not invest
in the potentially life-saving safety gear that is recommended to all
motorcyclists. While safety gear can help prevent terrible injuries, only
safe driving and an awareness of surroundings can truly help lower the
risk of an accident. Here are some of the most common causes of accidents
Motorcycles are clearly not as sturdy as cars. What may be a simple fender
bender for two vehicles, can lead to severe injury or death for a motorcyclist.
As such, one of the common causes of motorcycle accidents is when a motorcycle
is hit from behind. A vehicle may also hit you while changing lanes, usually
if you are in a blind spot and the driver is not observant or aware of
you. Another common cause occurs when a vehicle turns left while you are
traveling straight through an intersection. They may not realize you are
there, or perhaps underestimate your speed.
Motorcycle accidents are caused by more than just dangerous encounters with automobiles, however.
As a motorcyclist, you must also have a keen awareness of your surroundings
and speed. Turning corners at a high speed, particularly blind corners,
or even speeding in general, often cause accidents for motorcyclists.
Going at a reasonable speed will also allow you to react quickly to the
actions of others on the road, and possibly avoid obstacles.
Lastly, improper maintenance is another common cause. This may also include
the ease with which you are able to operate your bike, especially since
beginners might not be accustomed to manipulating the front brake. If
you accidentally lock your front brake, this could lead to a catastrophic
accident, and one that could be avoided if you familiarize yourself with
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
in 2013, 4,668 motorcyclists were killed in the United States, while an
estimated 88,000 were injured that same year. The NHTSA also estimated
that safety helmets saved over 1,600 lives and that 715 more may have
been spared had they worn one.
At Jordan Law, we have extensive experience
in handling motorcycle accident cases and an impressive track record to
accompany it. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident as a result
of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek compensation.
Many injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident might require costly
hospital visits and medical bills. This should not be yours to undertake
alone. Call our firm for a free consultation at