Avoiding Motorcycle Crashes


Each year, there are approximately 115,000 motorcycle crashes, resulting in the deaths of about 5,000 victims. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a person in 37 more times likely to be killed in a motorcycle crash than if they were in a vehicle crash. The risk of being injured in a motorcycle accident is nine times higher than your risk of being injured in a car accident.

The majority of motorcycle accidents are the result of other vehicle drivers turning left in front of a motorcyclist that has the right of way, rear-ending into a motorcycle that the vehicle driver failed to see in time or driving too close to, or changing lanes and driving into a motorcycle already in that lane. The majority of these crashes are avoidable if drivers just took the time to pay attention and remember they are sharing the road with other motorists.

Because of the added hazardous there are driving a motorcycle, a person who drives a motorcycle should take extra precautions when they are on the road. The following are safety tips to keep in mind:

  •       Always obey the posted speed limit. It can be difficult for other vehicle drivers to judge just how fast a motorcycle is traveling. This can be made more difficult if the bike is speeding. Going too fast can also make it difficult and dangerous for the motorcyclist to control their bike if there are changing traffic or road conditions.
  •       Always keep a safe distance between your motorcycle and the vehicle in front of you. This is important not only if the vehicle in front of you has to come to a complete stop. Keeping a safe distance also helps to ensure that other vehicles see your motorcycle.
  •       Watch out for blind spots. Every vehicle has blind spots, and these make it impossible for a vehicle driver to see a motorcycle, especially given the smaller size compared to other vehicles.
  •       Always be aware of any mechanical issues in your motorcycle. You should inspect the bike every time you are taking it out on the road, including lights and tires. If there are any mechanical issues that come up, address and repair these issues right away.
  •       Never ride if you have been drinking. Not only is it illegal, but it is also extremely dangerous.

If You Have Been in a Crash

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by another driver, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses that your injuries have caused you. The other driver could be liable for your medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and more. A Scottsdale, AZ motorcycle accident lawyer can evaluate your case and determine what legal options you may have. Call a law firm today to schedule your free consultation.


Thanks to Yearin Law for their insight into personal injury claims and motorcycle crashes.