Although insurance companies like to argue otherwise, most
motorcycle accidents occur when riders have their right of way violated by inattentive or reckless
drivers. Because the design of motorcycles inherently provides no protection
to a rider in the event of an accident, motorcyclists often lose their
lives or suffer devastating injuries when they are involved in a collision.
Motorcyclists who have been hurt because of the actions of a negligent
driver can and should take action to hold them accountable for their actions.
Statistics provided by the Office of Highway Safety and Planning, which
conducted the most thorough motorcycle accident causation study in the
U.S. together with the Hurt Report, reveal the following information about
motorcycle accident causes:
- The most frequent single cause of motorcycle/passenger vehicle accidents
is an automobile turning left in front of a motorcycle driving straight.
- The median pre-crash speed of motorcycles is below 30 mph. Only about 1
in 1,000 crashes involved motorcyclists driving 80-90 mph.
- Intersections are the most common location of motorcycle accidents, with
other vehicles tending to violate a motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
- The cause of most motorcycle accidents is the failure of motorists to detect
motorcycles on the roadway.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Drug or alcohol use, distraction, fatigue, and cell phone use by drivers
of trucks and passengers are some of the many dangerous driving behaviors
that result in motorcycle accidents. However, 40 percent of motorcycle
accidents are single-vehicle collisions, which means the motorcyclist
was the only one involved in the crash. While this may seem to cast blame
solely on the biker, there are a number of circumstances outside of their
control that contribute to these numbers.
Other common causes of accidents include roadway hazards like:
- Unsafe work zones
- Potholes and uneven road surfaces
- Debris or substances on the road
- Lack of signs or confusing signs
- Shoulder drop off
Michigan motorcycle accident victims should immediately get in touch with
a Detroit motorcycle accident lawyer at Goodman Acker P.C. No matter what
caused your accident, you may be eligible for compensation to cover the
costs of medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and more. Our experienced
team has more than 75 years of collective legal experience fighting for
the injured since 1994.
Call today to
schedule a free case evaluation: (248) 793-2010.