Motorcycle Accidents How They Happen And What Can Be Done To Prevent Them

By Prev Info - January 19, 2023

America is home to many motorcycle enthusiasts and they come from all walks of life (yes, even California personal injury attorneys). LA and the surrounding areas has its fair share of motorcycles. In fact, according to the California Highway Patrol there are roughly 601,000 registered motorcycles in California and sales in the state accounted for around 14% of the entire country. 

Motorcycle Accidents How They Happen And What Can Be Done To Prevent Them

However for all the avid motorcycle enthusiasts that California has, there is no hiding the fact that statistically speaking, bikers are around 50% more likely to become involved in an accident. On top of this, the injuries sustained are more likely to be serious or life threatening. So why do motorcycle accidents occur, and what can be done to prevent them from happening?

Failure to see

The vast amount of motorcycle accidents happens when other road users fail to see bikes. This goes against the grain of popular belief where it is thought that motorcyclists must be a little crazy in order to indulge themselves in what is considered to be a high-risk activity. Intersections are the most dangerous places for failure to see accidents and can account for around 91% of all serious related incidents. This is because there are generally loads of vehicles all trying to interact with each other and the motorcyclist (because of their size and width) are probably last on the list of considerations. 

Needless to say bikers end up in head on collisions or being side swiped, or 'left turned' with alarming regularity. It is fair to say that if motorcyclists were more attentive towards other traffic at intersections (even though, in many cases they are not the ones in the wrong), then it would see a reduction in serious motorcycle related injuries.

Lack of experience

Many riders jump onto powerful machines without much experience. Let's face it, some of the seriously powerful bikes can do 0-60 in around 2.5 seconds and that's pretty much faster than any legal street vehicle, including the likes of the Bugatti Veyron. Experienced riders are well aware how powerful their machines can be and as a result learn to respect them. However less experienced motorcyclists may not be fully aware of what happens when they open up the throttle and may not have the skills to control bike at such a speed.

 If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn't your fault, then you really should contact a skilled team of Los Angeles personal injury attorneys. LA has some of the best lawyers in the country and can help.

Badly maintained vehicles

For a few individuals, they purchase their bikes and the only thing they do to them is to put gas in them and go. Motorcycles similarly to any other vehicle need to be regularly maintained and problem areas such as faulty or badly worn tires are real big issue. Badly worn brakes and throttle cables are also other big cause of accidents as are worn shock absorbers. 

Regular maintenance can make all the difference and even if you don't know one end of an engine from the other then it will pay you to find someone that does. Take heed of what they say and then get the necessary repairs done.

Driving conditions

An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney states that anyone would be forgiven for thinking that the majority of motorcycle accidents occur in inclement weather conditions. However this is not the case as most bikers will be aware of the conditions and will slow down accordingly. In fact most motorcycle accidents occur in fine sunny weather. 

People are more inclined to drive faster and indeed take more risks when the weather is fine, than they would for say...snow and ice or rain. As California on the whole has lots of fine weather with sunshine in abundance, then accidents are more prone to happen here than in other states where the weather can be a little less inviting.

Because of the lack of protection that motorcycles have, what would in many cases be a standard 'fender bender' when it comes to cars can be pretty serious when a motorcycle is involved and often it is no fault of the biker. 

If you are in an accident dispute with another vehicle, or have been injured in a motorcycle accident, then it is imperative that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. LA has some of the best motorcycle accident lawyers in the country and can help.



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