Motorcycles are just as prone to defects as other vehicles. However, the dangers of vehicle failure in a motorcycle are just that much more pronounced because of the greater vulnerability of cyclists. The most common defects that can cause motorcycle accidents include defects in a rear tire, which may cause the motorcycle to weave and lose control. Mechanical issues may also cause motorcycles to wobble at a high speed. In some cases, handlebars may swing wildly while hitting the fuel tank.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
Even the best motorcycle drivers can fall victim to poor road conditions and irresponsible car and truck drivers. Precise information on the typical weight of vehicles can be hard to obtain, but many motorcycles weigh between 500 and 1000 pounds. A typical sedan, in contrast, might weigh in at around 4000 pounds. Even in a relatively low speed, that weight difference often spells disaster for a motorcyclist. As you can imagine, SUVs, buses, trucks and so on pose an even greater risk to motorcyclists. Debilitating or deadly injuries for a motorcyclist are, therefore, unfortunately all too common. Indeed, the NHTSA reports that cyclists are four times more likely to be injured in crashes and 16 times more likely to be killed. While at-fault drivers of other vehicles are one very frequent cause of crashes, they are not the only cause. Road defects are also often major contributors to accidents. These include:
- Speed bumps; especially when located near a bend in the road.
- Barriers or low curbing.
- Sudden changes in the type of road; particularly if a new road is made of cobblestone or any other type of uneven surface.
- Poor sight lines or lanes that are difficult to distinguish.
- Lack of appropriate warning signs.
- Glare from streetlights or other motorists’ lights.
- Poorly lit streets, curbs, and/or other obstacles.
- Ditches as well as uncovered drainage pits or manholes
Obtaining Justice for Victims
While motorcycle accident injuries and deaths have multiple causes, a great many boil down to the negligence of another driver or some other party. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a motorcycle collision or any other type of injury personal accident where someone other than the injured party may have been at fault, we encourage you to visit our firm for a free consultation with no obligation. You can contact us now at 225-307-0088 or via our contact page.