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Four common causes of motorcycle accidents

| Mar 22, 2021 | motorcycle accidents

You might want to see everything the state of Indiana offers by traveling through it on a motorcycle, but it’s imperative to follow the law and ride defensively to avoid getting involved in a motorcycle accident. If you want to stay safe on the road, learn more about these common causes of motorcycle collisions.

Speeding

One of the most common causes of motorcycle collisions involves speeding. Motorcycles are capable of traveling at high speeds, but it’s often more difficult to control your motorcycle the faster you travel. Considering the limited amount of protection motorcyclists have, collisions at high speeds are also incredibly dangerous.

Splitting lanes

Another common cause of motorcycle collisions involves lane splitting, which occurs when a motorcyclist travels between multiple lanes. Since a motorcycle is smaller than most vehicles, motorcyclists driving dangerously will split lanes to avoid traffic. Unfortunately, lane splitting often leaves motorcyclists with nowhere to go as other vehicles merge.

Driving without much experience

Most adults remember spending their teenage years learning how to drive a car. Considering that, it’s also wise to get lots of practice driving a motorcycle before taking it out on the road. If you try to rush the skills that take time to develop, you might wind up in a motorcycle accident.

Dealing with road hazards

Not every cause of a motorcycle accident is a car driver’s fault. Sometimes, road hazards can cause a rider to lose control of their motorcycle. Since a motorcycle only travels on two wheels, small changes in a road’s condition can be dangerous.

There are several common causes of motorcycle accidents, but you can reduce your risk of being in a motorcycle collision by driving at safe speeds and giving other drivers plenty of space. If a passenger car or commercial truck driver ignores basic road safety and collides with you, you may want help from a personal injury attorney.