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Common causes of motorcycle accidents

When you look at causes of motorcycle-car accidents, you see some commonalities with car-car accident causes. That is, factors such as speeding and driver inexperience can cause a crash no matter the vehicle being driven.

However, there are some factors that cause motorcycle accidents way more heavily than they do car accidents. Here is a glance at some.

A car turning left

Car or truck drivers might not see you on the motorcycle, or they misjudge your speed. In any case, they turn left — and cause an accident that could be catastrophic.

Cars changing lanes

The principle behind this one is similar to a car turning left. Drivers do not see you. Some will not even if they check their blind spot because their brains are so fixated on looking for cars or trucks. They move into a space they think is empty.

A door opening

This one is dangerous for bicyclists too. You are riding down the street, and all of the sudden, a car door opens. You slam into it and could suffer neck injuries, back injuries or worse. Many drivers simply do not check for others before they open their doors.

Drinking alcohol

In 2015, intoxication affected 27 percent of motorcyclists involved in a fatality, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorcyclists have the ability to completely control this cause by skipping the drinking and driving.

Driving older

NHTSA figures show that 54 percent of motorcyclists who died in 2015 crashes were at least 40 years old. For one thing, they tend to favor larger motorcycles that roll over. Older motorcyclists also have frailer bodies and struggle with slowed reaction times and decreased vision, among other factors.

The fact is that drivers of cars and trucks must share the roads with motorcyclists. Drivers are not always happy about doing so, nor are they adequately trained in this type of sharing. An attorney can help seek compensation for injuries and wrongful deaths.

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