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Top 5 Causes of Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them

The McClellan Law Firm

Motorcycles are an excellent way to experience the open road, but they can also be dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than those in passenger cars. But what are the common causes of motorcycle accidents, and how can they be avoided? In this blog post, we'll discuss the top 5 causes of motorcycle accidents and provide tips on how to stay safe on the road.

1. Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a primary cause of motorcycle accidents. Drivers who are texting, eating, or engaging in other distractions can easily miss motorcycles in their blind spots. As a motorcyclist, it's essential to stay aware of your surroundings and assume that other drivers don't see you. Wear bright clothing, use your horn, and avoid riding in blind spots.

2. Speeding

Speeding is another common cause of motorcycle accidents. Motorcycles are designed for speed, but they don't have the same safety features as cars. Excessive speed can lead to loss of control, increased stopping distance, and decreased reaction time. Obey speed limits and adjust your speed according to weather and traffic conditions.

3. Lane Splitting

Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic. While it's legal in California, it can be dangerous. Drivers may not expect a motorcycle to be passing them in slow-moving traffic, and sudden lane changes can lead to collisions. If you choose to lane split, do so cautiously and only in areas where it's legal.

4. Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is a leading cause of all types of accidents, including motorcycle accidents. Alcohol and drugs impair judgment, reaction time, and coordination, making it difficult to operate a motorcycle safely. Never ride a motorcycle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

5. Lack of Experience

Motorcycles require a different set of skills than driving a car. Lack of experience is a common cause of motorcycle accidents. New riders may not be familiar with the handling and braking characteristics of a motorcycle, which can lead to accidents. Take a motorcycle safety course, practice in a safe area, and start with a smaller, less powerful motorcycle.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a motorcycle accident, The McClellan Law Firm can help. Our experienced attorneys will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.

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