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Do You Know the 5 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

By Luke Dow on October 24, 2016

Poor weather, defective parts, poorly maintained roads – there are countless factors that can contribute to motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, riders have little protection in the event of a crash. Even with the proper safety equipment, a motorbike wreck is likely to end with injuries.

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Fortunately, there are steps that bikers can take to reduce their risk of crashing. One of the most important and effective strategies is to learn the common causes of motorcycle accidents and how to avoid them.

These five factors are behind most motorcycle crashes:

  1. Tailgating;
  2. Inattentive drivers taking left turns;
  3. Lane splitting;
  4. Intoxication; and
  5. Unsafe road surfaces.
If you were injured in motorcycle crash in Texas, contact The Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is a board-certified accident attorney in Austin who will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages.

As your injury lawyer, Mr. Dow will gather evidence, interview witnesses, evaluate doctors’ records and the police report, and help you fight for the maximum settlement. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

Let’s take a closer look at five common causes of motorcycle wrecks:

  1. Tailgating
The most common type of motorcycle accident is the rear-end collision. This often happens when a motorcyclist is parked at a red light and the driver behind him or her does not stop. Rear-enders can also happen when passenger-vehicle drivers tailgate motorcyclists.
  1. Inattentive Drivers Taking Left Turns
According to Ride Apart, an alarming number of motorcycle accidents involve left-turning cars. Drivers may not see the motorcycle approaching or may underestimate its speed and then turn in front of the rider.
  1. Lane Splitting
Many people turn to motorcycles as an easy way to skirt traffic. “Lane splitting” is the act of riding a motorcycle between two lanes to bypass congested traffic. However, if a driver does not expect a motorcycle to approach from behind and then changes lanes, the result could be catastrophic for the rider.
  1. Intoxication
Motorcycle riders must have excellent balance and control, as well as the ability to make quick decisions. Alcohol impairs all of these faculties.

Unfortunately, far too many motorcyclists choose to consume alcohol before riding. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 30 percent of motorcycle riders who died in accidents in 2014 had a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08 percent.

  1. Unsafe Road Surfaces
A thin layer of oil or sand can cause a rider to lose control – especially if the tires do not have adequate tread. Likewise, a poorly maintained road with uneven surfaces and potholes can be disastrous for a rider.

If you were hit by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle, turn to The Luke Dow Law Firm. Luke Dow is an injury lawyer in Austin who will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Mr. Dow will help you avoid mistakes during the claims process such as overlooking certain damages, accepting a low settlement, unknowingly admitting fault to insurance adjusters, or signing a general release. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

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