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Keep Your Eyes on the Road: A Closer Look at Common Motorcycle Accident Causes

Being motorcycle enthusiasts ourselves means that we understand the common issues motorcyclists face each time they take to the streets. As attorneys, we have also seen the unfortunate truth about the severity of many of these accidents. Due to the lack of protection motorcyclists have while on the road, these accidents are much more likely to cause catastrophic injuries, and many times death. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in an accident than those in other vehicles.

The Most Common Accident Causes

While the statistics are against motorcyclists when it comes to staying safe on the road, understanding the causes of accidents can help you become a better defensive driver, which can help immensely in preventing accidents from happening.


Speeding is known to be a leading cause of all forms of auto accidents. The act of speeding is much more dangerous due to the exposure motorcyclists have on their bikes. There are no airbags, side panels, or other safety measures to protect motorcyclists when they crash.

Another reason speeding is such a common reason for these accidents is because motorcycles are often seen as “joyriding” vehicles. People across the nation purchase motorcycles as a hobby, to let loose with— which is often associated with speeding.

Lane Splitting

In California, it is legal to split lanes, which is something that many riders do often to avoid the Los Angeles traffic— I mean, that’s the reason to get a motorcycle, right? While splitting lanes can be a tool to help get you to your destination quicker by avoiding traffic, it can be very dangerous. Lane splitting is something that should be avoided unless you are an experienced rider.

Left-Turn Accidents

Left-turn accidents are another large cause of many motorcycle accidents. Many times drivers will misjudge the distance of motorcyclists when making a left turn, resulting in serious injuries, and death. To avoid these accidents, be sure you are constantly scanning the road for drivers, especially when there are left turns. You must anticipate their actions to avoid accidents— defensive driving is the best method of prevention.

Crane Flores Can Help

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a negligent driver, our team of trusted Ventura and Santa Barbara County motorcycle accident attorneys at Crane Flores would love to explain how we can help you recover. We understand the constant struggle that motorcyclists go through every day just to make it to and from their destinations safely, and we will do everything we can to help you get back to living the life you deserve.

Call (805) 628-4967 today to schedule your free case evaluation.