Motorcycle accidents happen for various reasons, including inclement weather, construction work, road defects, and other drivers not paying attention. However, some of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Driving Under the Influence
Alcohol use contributes to a considerable number of motorcycle accidents. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), 1,549 motorcyclists were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2018, making up 31 percent of all motorcycle fatalities in that year.
According to the NHTSA, in 2007, 36 percent of motorcycle crashes occurred due to speeding. Speeding drivers have less reaction time to prevent a crash. Moreover, the impact of an accident will be much greater at high speed, potentially causing fatalities and catastrophic injuries.
Unsafe Lane Changes
Motorcyclists are not as easily visible as a car or a truck. Side-swiping motorcycle accidents can happen when a car driver fails to check their blind spot while changing lanes.
Opening Car Doors
In urban areas, in particular, motorcycle accidents can happen when drivers or passengers of parked cars open doors without checking for other road users such as motorcyclists.
Sudden Stops and Abrupt Braking
Sudden stops can cause rear-end accidents throwing a motorcyclist off their bike, potentially causing serious injury or death.
Improper turns, such as turning right on red without looking for oncoming traffic, or ignoring a “no turn on red” sign, can cause devastating motorcycle accidents. Improper left turns can also cause motorcycle accidents, as motorists do not see the motorcycles directly to the left of them, causing catastrophic injuries and fatalities.