Although motorcycle accidents don’t necessarily occur more frequently than other types of vehicular accidents, they are more likely to result in serious injury or death. In fact, statistics show that per mile traveled, motorcycle accidents result in 35 times more deaths than car accidents. Whether you are a motorcyclist or not, everyone can benefit from learning about the top causes of motorcycle-related accidents to reduce the overall risk for motorcyclists and drivers alike.
1. Left-Hand Turns
Cars making left-hand turns present the most dangerous situation for motorcyclists, accounting for 42 percent of all accidents involving motorcycles. This type of accident commonly occurs when the turning car strikes the motorcycle as the motorcycle is going through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car. Although these types of accidents are common between two cars as well, motorcyclists are far more susceptible to injury and death due to their small size and decreased visibility.
2. Lane Splitting
Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving cars. Due to the close proximity of cars to the motorcycle, the reduced space the motorcyclist has to maneuver, and the fact that cars have less time to anticipate an approaching bike, lane splitting is a common cause of motorcycle accidents.
3. Speeding and Driving Under the Influence
Speeding and driving under the influence account for nearly half of all motorcycle accidents. These are common factors in car-related accidents as well, but motorcyclists are more susceptible to injury or death.
4. Road Hazards
Motorcycles offer significantly less protection than cars, trucks and other vehicles. This means things like potholes, animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven roads and other unexpected objects pose a far more serious threat to motorcyclists.
5. Sport and Supersport Motorcycles
Sport motorcycles and supersport motorcycles are built on racing platforms modified for highway use. These motorcycles are lightweight with high-horsepower engines and can reach speeds of up to 160 miles per hour. Combine that with the fact that the majority of sport and supersport motorcycle owners are under 30 and you have one of the biggest factors for accidents. Compared to other styles of motorcycles, the date rate of sport and supersport motorcycles is almost four times higher.
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If you or a loved one has been in a motorcycle accident in Bradenton, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or Tampa, contact the professionals at Clark Law to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. We will help you get the best possible results for your legal case. Contact us today at (855) 680-4911 to learn more.