According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of motorcycle crashes has nearly doubled over the past 10 years, with crash-related fatalities for bikers also following this trend.
Although the sheer increase of motorcyclists on the road may account for some of these statistics, the rise in numbers also is related to drivers’ inattentiveness, misunderstanding, or a lack of information about traffic rules, as well as recklessness and negligence.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are 3 main causes of motorcycle collisions.
- Head-on collisions – Estimates place 78% of collisions where a fatality occurs in this type of collision.
- Vehicles turning left – Approximately 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and another vehicle involve a left-hand turn. The turning vehicle either tries to pass or overtake the motorcycle before turning or hits the motorcyclist riding through the intersection.
- Lane splitting - Motorcycles driving between 2 lanes often crash because of the close proximity between the motorcycle and other vehicles, lack of space to maneuver, and other drivers not expecting to be passed in this manner.
Whose fault it is when an accident happens will depend on each state’s law. For example, lane splitting is permissible in some states, but not all. If you’ve experienced an injury related to a motorcycle accident or other vehicle crash in Georgia, speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer specialized in personal injury to find out what options are available to you.
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