Motorcycle Accident Causes

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What causes motorcycle accidents? This is a question with multiple answers. There are many unique factors that contribute to motorcycle collisions, and in some cases, a single crash may have multiple causes. Understanding what factors commonly lead to these accidents can help a rider and any motorist get a better idea of how to avoid a collision in the first place. If a crash has already occurred, understanding potential causes can help a victim see what party may be held accountable for his or her injuries.

Our Houston motorcycle accident lawyers have compiled helpful information regarding the various factors that contribute to motorcycle-involved traffic accidents in Texas and the entire U.S. Continue reading to find out more about this subject or call our offices for a free consultation regarding your particular accident. We are happy to help however we can.

Visibility Issues

The smaller size of a motorcycle makes it more difficult to spot on the road. For this reason, other motorists who simply do not see a motorcyclist until it is too late are one of the common causes of multi-vehicle motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle riders can take certain steps to make themselves more visible, wearing bright and reflective colors and always riding with their headlight on, but in the end it comes down to whether a motorist was actually paying enough attention. A distracted driver may not check his or her mirrors or blind spots, looking only for larger vehicles, and not spot a motorcycle at all.

Cars Making Left-Hand Turns
Cars making left-hand turns are one of the greatest dangers faced by motorcyclists. About four in ten motorcycle-versus-car collisions involve a car that is making a left-hand turn. The car often strikes the motorcycle as its rider is traveling straight through an intersection, passing the car or attempting to overtake the car. If the driver of the car is negligent in watching for motorcycles and other vehicles, he or she may turn directly into the motorcycle's path and cause a collision.

Lane Splitting
At this time, laws regarding lane splitting in Texas are not clearly defined. Bills have been introduced that would clearly make it legal, but riders currently are usually at the mercy of a peace officer in whether he or she will issue a ticket. That said, lane splitting is another potential cause of motorcycle accidents associated with visibility issues. Riders who travel between lanes in heavy traffic may be at risk of being struck by motorists who do not anticipate that a rider may pass by or who are simply not paying attention and change lanes without checking for motorcycles or other vehicles.

Other Causes of Motorcycle Crashes

Motorcycle accidents are also caused by speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and other issues that may affect anyone on the road. These causes can be divided into two primary categories:

Driver Negligence or Wrongdoing
Any driver or motorcycle rider who violates a traffic law, drives while distracted, or otherwise fails to provide a reasonable amount of care on the road may be responsible for causing a motorcycle accident. Negligence is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents and all types of traffic collisions in the U.S. If another driver caused your collision, we can look to hold him or her accountable.

External Factors
At times, a factor outside of the control of a motorcyclist or driver may cause an accident. Some examples may include roadway defects, debris or defective vehicle parts. In these situations, our attorneys can consider any other parties that could be held liable. This may include a motorcycle or automobile manufacturer or a government entity responsible for designing and maintaining the road where the accident occurred.

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