Motorcycle accidents are one of the most tragic types of accidents on Florida streets and highways because they often result in serious injury or death (including Daytona Bike Week accidents). Unfortunately, these accidents happen every day. While there are numerous causes of motorcycle accidents, there are some that are more common than others. Therefore, it is important that drivers and riders alike understand these common causes and do their part to avoid causing one of these deadly collisions.
What are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
- Head-On Collisions - This is one of the most common motorcycle accidents in the country. It occurs when a vehicle strikes a motorcycle from the front. This often results in the rider being thrown from the bike, commonly leading to fatality.
- Left Hand Turns - Unfortunately, drivers of motor vehicles don’t usually look out for motorcycles on the road. When turning left, a driver may not look for a motorcycle and may strike the bike as they are going through the intersection. They may also miss seeing motorcycles when passing a vehicle or attempting to overtake another car.
- Lane Splits - Lane splitting is when a motorcycle rider drives between two lanes of traffic. A vehicle may accidentally pull out in front of the rider, or the rider may misjudge their reduced space and strike a vehicle.
- Sudden Stops - Although rear-end accidents rarely cause fatalities with two vehicles, if a motorcycle is rear-ended, it can be deadly. Sudden stops can force a rider to be thrown from the bike, resulting in serious injuries.
- Open Doors - This occurs most frequently in busy urban areas. All motorcycle riders should be on the lookout for parked cars as they pass vehicles on the street. If a driver does not look for oncoming motorcycle riders and opens their door, they could cause a devastating accident.
- Single-Bike Accidents - Because motorcycles only have two wheels, they are more susceptible to skidding, sliding, and toppling over due to poor road conditions caused by weather, construction, wear-and-tear, or even gravel.
- Fixed Objects - A motorcycle can collide with a fixed object, such as a pole or tree. While not as common as the other causes for motorcycle accidents, it is still the cause of 25% of motorcycle deaths.
- Speeding and Alcohol Use - Drunken and reckless driving can occur on a motorcycle just as much as it can occur in a car. In these instances, the motorcycle rider is acting negligently and would be liable for any accidents caused by their speeding and/or driving under the influence.
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