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What are some common causes of motorcycle accidents?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Many people in the Los Angeles area enjoy riding their motorcycle. Whether it is used to run errands, go to work, or just enjoy on long rides on the weekend, motorcycles are a great way to get around Southern California.

Most of the time, a motorcyclist is able to safely share the road with other vehicles but occasionally, a motorcycle accident occurs. Unfortunately, those who are involved in a motorcycle accident often suffer serious injuries. So, what are some common causes of motorcycle accidents?

Left-turning cars

Cars making a left-hand turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle is a dangerous situation. This situation accounts for 42% of all motorcycle crashes. Usually, the car strikes the motorcycle when it is going straight through an intersection, passing the car, or trying to overtake the car.

Lane switching

When a motorcycle is on a four lane or more road it can be a dangerous situation if a car is changing lanes. These accidents happen when a driver either can’t see a motorcyclist because he’s in their blind spot or they don’t check their mirrors.

Road conditions

Roads that are wet from rain can be more slippery for motorcycle tires. Also, road debris can be a hazard for motorcyclists.

Distracted drivers

Distracted driving continues to be a major problem on California roads. Despite it being illegal, people are still texting and driving, checking social media, and talking on their phones. They can also be distracted by their GPS, makeup, the radio, or anything that takes their attention away from driving. A distracted driver is especially dangerous for a motorcyclist.

A motorcycle accident is often serious. A motorcyclist has limited protection and any kind of accident can cause serious injuries. If a motorcycle driver was injured in a crash due to no fault of their own, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can investigate the cause of the accident, who was at fault, and hold the negligent party responsible for their mistake.