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Common causes of motorcycle accidents

On Behalf of | Aug 8, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents

While most road users in California opt to get around on four wheels, a significant number of people prefer two. Motorcycling is a popular pastime in the state, and this method of transport is also routinely used for the commute to work.

Getting around on a motorcycle can be an efficient way to travel, but the reality is that it’s much more dangerous than most other forms of transport. Motorcyclists are exposed should they get into a collision with other vehicles.

Outlined below are some of the more common causes of motorcycle accidents.

Left turns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 400 thousand left-turn crashes occur every year, with many of these involving motorcyclists. Typically, drivers involved in hitting motorcyclists during left turns at intersections will claim that they never saw them. This is why it’s so important that riders operate on the assumption that drivers haven’t noticed them.

Road rage

Road rage occurs when a driver acts in an aggressive manner toward people in the vicinity. Usually, this involves other drivers but it can also include pedestrians and motorcyclists. Road ragers will usually speed, turn sharply, overtake and engage in other erratic driving maneuvers. This type of conduct increases the risk of accidents, including those that involve motorcyclists.   

Motorcyclists nearly always come off worse in road traffic collisions with other vehicles. Unfortunately, even if you ride safely, a driver may still hurt you. If you find yourself in this situation, be sure to seek some legal guidance.   

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