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7 Causes of Deadly
Motorcycle Accidents

According to an NHTSA report published in 2020, There were 4,985 motorcyclists killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes throughout the United States. Without airbags or safety restraints, riders who are involved in a collision are exposed to catastrophic injury and often death.

In 2020, there over 800,000 licensed motorcyclists in PA. According to PennDOT, motorcycle fatalities in 2019 involved of 94.3% drivers. Over 5% were passengers. The total number of crashes increased 10% from previously reported year.

Here are Seven Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents:

1. Unsafe Lane Changes

Any lane change should never be done without first, checking your blind spots. Be aware of your surroundings, then proceed gradually when safe. Make sure to use your signals or hand signs, and then maintain ample room between the motorcycle and other vehicles.

2. Right-of-Way Violations

All too often, distracted driving causes accidents. As a motorcyclist, be aware of other motorists who may turn into your path. Driving defensively and keeping an eye out for other drivers, can prevent an accidental collision.

3. Rear-End Accidents

Always maintain a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Don't make sudden stops and don't tailgate.

4. Door Collisions

If you are operating a vehicle, always check your surroundings for motorcycles before opening your door. Opening a door in the path of an oncoming motorcycle can result in injury. Keep this tip in mind for pedstrians and bicycles as well.

5. Dangerous Road Conditions

Potholes, debris, road conditions and construction zones can contribute to a motorcycle collision. When possible, refrain from driving in these conditions. If you must drive, obey traffic laws and be alert for hazards.

6. Speeding

Since motorcycles do not have airbags, it's important to obey the speed limit to avoid serious injury or death.

7. Mechanical Problems

Mechanical issues can cause a motorcycle to malfunction. Keep your motorcyle in good operating order by having an experienced motorcycle mechanic check fluid levels, transmission, clutch, battery, brakes and other parts.

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, or a loved on has been killed, call Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn anytime at (570) 287-3000. Our experienced and compossionate attorneys will provide you with legal representation. Contact Us Now!

Types of Motorcycle Accidents

  • Head-On Collision
  • Left-Hand Turn Accidents
  • Lane Splitting
  • Excessive Speed
  • DUI Accidents
  • Hitting Fixed Objects
  • Road Hazards
  • High-Performance Motorcycles

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