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What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

While most motorcyclists in Pennsylvania put their bikes away as soon as the winter weather made an appearance, some die-hard riders still may take their bikes out when warm days make an appearance. Thus, motorists should expect to share the road with motorcyclists no matter the time of year or the weather. And while fewer motorcyclists travel the roadways in the colder months, it is still important to understand how motorcycle accidents could occur.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents? There are many risks associated with riding a motorcycle, and many of these risks are related to the small size of the bike and the frequent distractions on the roadway. In fact, in two-thirds of motorcycle accidents a driver in another vehicle caused the accident by violating the motorcyclist's right-of-way.

One common cause of motorcycle accidents is visual recognition. It is often difficult for drivers to see these smaller vehicles. Whether it is in a blind spot or in oncoming traffic, if a motorist fails to take the time to become aware of their surroundings, it is more likely that a motorcycle accident will ensue.

Because motorcyclists are 26 times more likely to die in a crash and five times as likely to be injured than someone traveling in a passenger vehicle, a motorcycle crash is likely to have more severe outcomes than a car accident. Many motorcycle crashes result in catastrophic injuries and even result in death.

Following a motorcycle crash, it is important to understand the cause and liability. If a negligent driver caused the crash, it is possible to hold them accountable. Additionally, an injured victim could recover compensation through a personal injury suit.

Source:, "Motorcycle Accidents: Overview," accessed Jan. 1, 2017

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