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What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents?

While motorcycles are generally considered less safe than other motor vehicles, many Iowa residents are aware of ways that they can increase their safety while driving or riding on a motorcycle. Safety gear such as protective clothing and a helmet could help reduce or prevent injuries from occurring if an accident were to occur. While taking protective measures is helpful, motorcyclists should also understand common causes so that they can avoid being involved in a collision.

What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents? The most common type of collision involving a motorcycle occurs when a vehicle is turning left in front of a motorcyclist. This happens when the driver fails to see the oncoming motorcycle or misjudges the speed of a motorcyclist. This is frequently blamed on the inattention, distraction or inexperience of the driver.

Depending on the timing and immediate threat to the life of the motorcyclist, this might be a difficult collision to avoid. Moreover, making a maneuver to avoid this collision could still cause the motorcyclist to lose control or collide with another vehicle. The best way to address this type of accident is to constantly be looking for it because nothing can be done if the motorcyclist does not see it coming.

Another common motorcycle accident occurs when a vehicle changes lanes into the motorcyclist's lane. This happens when the motorist fails to check their blind spots. The best way to avoid this type of collision is for motorcyclists to be aware of where these blind spots exist and spend as little time possible traveling in them.

Lastly, another major cause of motorcycle accidents is being struck from behind. When a motorcyclist stops for a sign, signal, another vehicle or a hazard up ahead, the vehicle traveling behind him or her may not be bale to stop in time, causing a rear-end collision. The best way to avoid these is to avoid stopping in the middle of the lane or pulling next to or in front of a stopped vehicle ahead.

While there are many safe ways to avoid motorcycle crashes and reduce the chances of injuries in a collision, these types of accidents unfortunately still occur. Those involved in a motorcycle accident should understand they have rights and options. Determining the cause and liability in a motorcycle crash could help a victim recover compensation for the losses and damages arising form the incident.

Source:," 10 Common Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them," Wes Siler, Accessed on July 13, 2015

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