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Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

accidentRiding 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 involving motorcycles:

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 your bike.

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 720-897-7010.