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Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

At the offices of William Rawlings & Associates, LLC, we’re proud to offer top motorcycle accident injury attorney services to those in need. Motorcycle riders are eight times more likely to be injured in an accident than a rider in a car, and we’re here to protect your interests if this happens due to a fault outside your own.

That said, our preference would obviously be that all motorcycle drivers be able to use the road in safety. With that in mind, here are a few of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents, plus how to avoid them while you’re on the road.

Road Hazards

One of the first things to think about as a motorcyclist is various hazards on the road, including loose gravel, oil slicks, potholes and other obstacles you often have no control over. For starters, having good tires with a strong grip will be important for these looser areas. You should also watch your speeds and even consider avoiding major hazards if they look like a bit too much for your machine. Be sure you can see ahead of you and slow down in time if needed.

Blocked Vehicle Vision

Encompassing about 25 percent of all motorcycle accidents is the following scenario: You’re on your bike driving straight, while a motorist in a car making a left turn onto your road (in the opposite direction you’re moving, usually) doesn’t see you and attempts to make the turn in your way.

This is an unfortunate situation that might leave you with a claim for damages from this driver. But to help avoid these issues altogether, consider more careful monitoring at intersections or areas where such turns are possible and vision might be imperfect for vehicles.


Over a third of all motorcycle accidents involve alcohol, which impairs the reflexes and vision alike. Reaction time is huge when riding a motorcycle or driving a car. Simply put, never drink and drive any machine.

Rain and Visibility

Slicker roads can be tough for both car and motorcycle drivers, particularly in terms of how these vehicles handle. Heavy rain or fog can also come with major vision effects, so make sure you keep lights on and slow down during storms to ensure a bit more safety for everyone.

For more on the common causes of motorcycle accidents, or to speak to a motorcycle accident injury lawyer about whether you have a case from a motorcycle incident, contact the offices of William Rawlings & Associates, LLC today.


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