Riding a motorcycle is inherently more dangerous than driving a vehicle because there isn’t nearly as much protection on a bike as there is a car. Due to their smaller size, motorcycles are also more difficult for other drivers to see, and the less stable nature in the design of a bike only adds to their risk. Not only are motorcycles more prone to accidents, they are often more susceptible to dangerous and deadly crashes. A startling 80% of all motorcycle accidents either result in injury or death, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In an effort to bring awareness to the potential dangers motorcyclists face, we’ve identified some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a variety of different things, but most motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. They may also be caused by poor road conditions, rider intoxication, collision with a stationary object, or road hazards. Below are some of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes, and how they pose a threat.
Vehicle Driver Inattention
Anyone on the road operating a motor vehicle should always be aware of what’s happening on the road around them. Before turning or making lane changes, drivers should thoroughly check side mirrors, the rearview mirror, and look over either shoulder to check blind spots. Failure to do so could cause the driver to overlook a motorcycle rider, leading to a precarious or possibly deadly situation. Either the vehicle could hit the motorcycle rider, or cause the rider to turn swiftly to avoid being hit, which could put the rider dangerously off-balance. Common reasons for accidents with other vehicles include lane splitting, careless lane changes, left turns made by neighboring vehicles, or rear-ending a motorcycle.
Parked Driver Inattention
Even parked cars can be dangerous to motorcyclists. It isn’t uncommon for a motorcycle rider to hit a parked car, especially if the car is parked on the street. If a driver or passenger opens their door towards the street without looking, they could easily cause an accident. Without knowing it, the careless person could potentially create a hazard for any motorcyclists riding by, causing them to hit the stationary door.
Many crashes occur as the result of a faulty motorcycle or defective part. It may also be that the manufacturer assembled the bike incorrectly, making it dangerous for potential riders. The motorcycle creators could also be responsible for creating a poor, unsafe design, putting the rider at risk.
A small bump or pothole in the road may be nothing of consequence to a car, but a motorcycle could see such hazards as a deadly threat. Road hazards, like potholes, slick pavement, debris, roadkill, construction zones, and other irregularities can be very dangerous for riders to safely navigate. If a rider turns too hard, or over-corrects to avoid an obstacle, the bike could easily loose purchase or tip too far, causing a crash.
If you were in an accident, contact the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. to discuss your potential personal injury case in Worcester.