Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

There are few types of accidents that can be as devastating as a motorcycle accident. These involve small vehicles with very little to no protection to the rider and crashes often result in the motorcyclist being ejected from the bike.

Unfortunately, these types of accidents happen far too often, and they are commonly caused by negligence on the part of a motorist, dangerous road conditions, or even manufacturing errors. Knowing the most common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you identify liability if you’ve been injured.

The following are just some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents. While some motorcyclists may be negligent, these wrecks are typically due to a lack of respect paid by the drivers to the motorcyclists. Here are the most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

Drivers Not Checking Before Changing Lanes

Not all drivers operate their vehicles in a safe manner and they don’t always check rearview and sideview mirrors or blind spots when changing lanes. Some also fail to even signal their intent to change lanes, creating a serious problem for any vehicle in the lane next to them.

When this happens, it can cause a collision between the vehicle and a motorcyclist. The motorcycle can easily lose control, causing them to crash, sliding on the ground and suffering significant injuries. This type of collision can also send the motorcyclist into another vehicle.

Doors Opening On Parked Cars

You may not think that it is something that can cause a serious accident, but a motorcyclist can suffer significant injuries in a crash caused by a parked car opening their door.

Many motorcyclists ride closer to parked vehicles and if someone has just parked, they may open their door without looking to see if any vehicles are coming. When this happens to a motorcyclist, the motorcycle may come to a complete and sudden stop and the rider can be ejected from their bike, sending them over the open door and to the floor.

Speeding and Other Forms of Negligent Driving

Far too often, individuals speed, drive while distracted, or even drive under the influence and they can cause serious harm to anyone on the road. Unfortunately, these types of actions can cause catastrophic injuries to a motorcyclist.

Often occurring in intersections, speeding or any other forms of reckless driving can create a large collision, especially when either the motorcycle or vehicle attempts to make a left turn with the other coming through the intersection.

Some vehicles try to make it through tight windows when turning at an intersection. This is a risk that nobody should take, and it can cause the motorcyclist to become ejected from the bike, landing on or over the vehicle.

Sudden Stops

Have you ever seen a distracted driver approaching a stop sign or light? They may have to brake much harder than they needed to because they were not paying attention to the vehicles in front of them. This sudden stop isn’t just harmful to a vehicle, it can be seriously dangerous to any vehicle behind the distracted driver.

If that vehicle is a motorcycle, the stop in momentum creates a serious accident and the rider can come off the motorcycle. These types of injuries can result in the need for long-term medical care and therapy as they are often catastrophic.

Dangerous Road Conditions

Motorcycle accidents are not always the result of two vehicles being involved in a collision. Sometimes, it’s not any one person’s negligence that causes the wreck. In many situations, a motorcycle accident can be caused by a dangerous road condition in which case the party responsible for maintenance may be considered liable.

Some potential road dangers can include the following:

  • Broken down, cracked, or otherwise crumbling cement or pavement

  • Missing traffic signals or signs that don't indicate a stop or other potential danger

  • Unnecessary and dangerous debris piling up on the road

  • Potholes that haven’t been fixed


It is typically up to the city or another entity to ensure the road conditions are safe for all patrons, including motorcyclists, to prevent serious accidents from occurring. If they are aware of the danger, they must take action to fix the problem quickly. Failure to do so can be seen as negligence.

Defective Products

Manufacturers can be seen as liable for an accident caused by product defects should something go wrong with a part on the motorcycle. For instance, if new brakes are installed on the motorcycle, but they fail when trying to stop the motorcycle, it must be investigated to determine if a manufacturing defect caused the crash.

Whether your motorcycle accident was caused by another driver, a defect, or a dangerous road condition, you may have rights to pursue compensation for any losses you experienced. Our Clearwater motorcycle accident attorneys are here to help you understand your rights and options to move forward and hold the negligent party responsible for his or her actions.

With Roman & Gaynor on your side, you can feel confident that we’re bringing countless years of experience and a dedication to your best interests to your corner. We work hard because we know how important it is for you to be successful in recovering compensation after a catastrophic injury.

If you’ve been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s actions, you can speak with our team in a free consultation. Call us at (727) 877-1212 and we’ll start working for you.

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