3 common causes of motorcycle accidents

Longer days filled with sunshine in Ohio are perfect for motorcycle travel. However, according to the Insurance Information Institute, nearly 5,000 people die every year from injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes. This tragic figure illustrates just how vital it is that all drivers share the road safely, but there are some specific mistakes that most commonly contribute to accidents involving motorcycles.

Understanding the unique hazards motorcyclists face can help drivers and motorcyclists alike keep safe and avoid traffic crashes and collisions. 

1. Lane splitting

Though this is legal in some states, lane splitting is against the law in Ohio. It is an extremely dangerous action that can easily lead to serious traffic accidents. In this maneuver, the rider drives between lanes of traffic that are typically either stopped or moving very slowly. However, traffic is often unpredictable and drivers in cars and large trucks may merge and fail to see a motorcyclist who is driving between lanes.

2. Driving under the influence

Drivers of cars, trucks and motorcycles who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs and other impairing substances are more likely to cause and be involved in traffic accidents. Regardless of which party is driving under the influence, the consequences can be deadly and no one should get behind the wheel if they are under the influence and their abilities are impaired.

3. Road conditions

Motorcycles and cars alike are vulnerable to road issues that complicate driving. These might include inclement weather such as rain or hail or hazards such as debris and construction. Because of their smaller and lighter frames, motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of wet roads and uneven surfaces and tend to skid easily and endanger riders.

Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable and, if involved in an accident, are much more likely to sustain serious or fatal injuries. Often, an attorney can help seek compensation to cover accident-related losses.

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