Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents occur every day in California, with many resulting in serious injury and even death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the number of motorcycle crash-related fatalities has doubled in the past decade. There are a number of different types of motorcycle accidents, but some are more common than others. Whether you drive a vehicle or you are a motorcycle rider, it is important for everyone on the road to be familiar with the most common types of motorcycle accidents so that you can avoid them while driving.


Head on Collision
A head on collision between a motorcyclists and can be fatal to the motorcyclists. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, head-on collisions account for more than half of all fatal motorcycle accidents in the United States.

A Vehicle Making a Left Hand Turn
One of the most common types of motorcycle collisions occurs when a vehicle is making a left hand turn. Often times, a driver either fails to see the motorcyclists at all or judges the distance and speed incorrectly. Left hand turn collision occur when a motorcycle is attempting to:

• Ride straight through an intersection
• Pass a car
• Overtake a car

In most left hand turn collisions, the driver of the vehicle is found to be at fault.
However, a motorcyclists can be found at fault if he was speeding or under the influence of alcohol.

A Vehicle Changes Lanes
Your riding along with the flow of traffic, when all of the sudden, a car veers into your lane causing a violent collision.

Sudden Hit From Behind
You come to a stop at a stop sign, intersection or slow down to avoid a hazard in the road when all of the sudden you are struck from behind by a driver who wasn’t paying attention and plows right into you.

An experienced Sacramento motorcycle accident Attorney can help you recover damages from a motorcycle accident. Contact the Edward A Smith Law Offices for a free consultation of your motorcycle injury claim at (916) 921-6400,

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