Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are about 30 times more likely to be fatal than car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The majority of fatal motorcycle accidents are collisions between motorcyclists and motorists who strike their motorcycles from the front. At William Mattar Law Offices, we urge all motorists to be mindful and more aware of motorcyclists on the road.
How do motorcycle accidents happen?
There are several common causes of motorcycle accidents we see in the motorcycle accident cases we handle:
- Cars Turning Left in Front of Motorcycles
One of the most dangerous types of accidents occurs when larger vehicles turn left into the paths of oncoming motorcycles. Drivers of larger vehicles often don’t see motorcyclists until it’s too late, and don’t allow enough room for their vehicles to safely complete the turn.
- Road Hazards
The smaller size of motorcycles makes them more susceptible to accidents when they collide with animals, debris, slick pavement, uneven lane heights, or potholes.
- Lane Splitting
Lane splitting often occurs during traffic jams when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes of slowed or stopped traffic. Lane splitting is illegal in New York state. This behavior is incredibly dangerous because it puts motorcycles in very close proximity to larger vehicles and reduces motorcyclists’ ability to maneuver.
- Alcohol Use
Statistics from the NHTSA show the percentage of intoxicated motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes is greater than the percentage of intoxicated car drivers involved in fatal crashes.
If you ride a motorcycle, you can use a headlight and wear bright or reflective clothing to help make yourself more visible to other motorists. You can also reduce your risk of serious injury on a motorcycle by wearing appropriate safety gear, including a helmet. Helmets do not interfere with riders’ vision or hearing, and are credited with saving thousands of lives each year.
Protecting Your Right to Ride Safely
Our law firm has years of experience handling many different types of auto-related accident cases, including motorcycle accidents.
If you want a motorcycle accident attorney who knows the traffic laws in New York and knows what it takes to investigate an accident scene, contact William Mattar. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your claim gets a fair offer from the insurance company. And if you don’t, we can fight to protect your rights.