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What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

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There are serious risks even for the most experienced riders.: Right-of-Way Violations, Visibility, Distractions, Drunk Driving

The adrenaline rush motorcyclists get from riding their bikes is enough to disregard all the risks that come with riding a motorcycle. Despite all the pleasures that come with motorcycling, there are also serious risks even for the most experienced riders. Motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a collision than someone in a vehicle. In two-thirds of the motorcycle accidents, the driver of the other vehicle is the one that violated the motorcyclists right of way and caused the accident.

Some of the causes of motorcycle accidents are:

Pulling Out in Front of Motorcycles

Drivers may assume that the motorcyclist is further than they actually are and will pull out in front of the bike causing an accident.

Not Seeing a Motorcycle

Since motorcycles are so small, it may be difficult to see when they are splitting lanes. One slight swerve to the right can cause a huge accident for a motorcyclist.

Cell Phone Use

One of the biggest contributors to motorcycle accidents is drivers being distracted by their phones and failing to see a motorcyclist.


Drunk driving is the biggest cause to car accidents. Making reckless maneuvers can put both motorcyclists and motorists at risk for crashing.

It is crucial for motorcyclists to constantly drive defensively to stay safe on the road since it is hard to ensure that every motorist is paying attention to the road. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, do not hesitate to call the experienced motorcycle crash attorneys at State Law Firm for a free-consultation.

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