Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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San Diego has some of the best weather in the world, and thanks to the great weather, it is a haven for motorcycle enthusiasts. The roadways around the city, the sea, and the countryside can be great to ride, but they also have a tendency to be dangerous. Even though there might not necessarily be more motorcycle accidents than other types of motor vehicle accidents, they do tend to be deadlier since the rider has very little protection. A helmet can only do so much to prevent injuries. If you are a motorcyclist, it’s a good idea to have an idea of some of the most common causes of these types of accidents so you can do a better job of trying to avoid them if you can.

Head on Crashes
An unbelievable 56% of deaths related to motorcycles have to do with crashes with other vehicles, and 78% of those crashes are head on. These are often fatal, as one might imagine. Those that are not fatal result in catastrophic injuries.

Cars Turning Left
Another one of the biggest dangers to those who are riding motorcycles is from cars making left hand turns. These accidents can happen when the motorcycle is going through the intersection and collides with the vehicle, or when the motorcycle is trying to pass the car. The size of the motorcycle makes it less visible to the driver of the car and some drivers are negligent to begin with.

The Fault of the Motorcyclist
Even though the negligence of others is often the cause of these accidents, they are certainly not the only reason. Sometimes the motorcyclist is at fault, such as those who are speeding or who drive under the influence.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident, take the time to speak with an attorney to find out what recourse you might have against other negligent drivers who cause the crash.

Resource: http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/motorcycle-accidents-common-causes-30330.html