Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Riding down the open road on a motorcycle is exhilarating. It’s also quite dangerous. According to a study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle accidents more than doubled between 2000 and 2010. Our Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys have seen many motorcyclists seriously injured in accidents caused by the carelessness of other drivers.

Understanding the factors of a motorcycle accident — including the most common causes — enables victims and their families to pursue fair financial compensation; this money can help pay for medical bills or other costs incurred if the victim is unable to work after an accident. Let’s look at the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in more detail.

Distracted Drivers

Car and truck drivers who are distracted behind the wheel are dangerous. Looking down at a cell phone or in the glove compartment for even a second takes their eyes and attention off the road.

Drunk Drivers

Drunk drivers are less likely to notice a nearby motorcyclist and more likely to disregard traffic laws and road markings (e.g., lane dividers). Drunk drivers are also prone to drift out of their lane and into a motorcyclist.


Drivers who speed often misjudge how far away an object (like a motorcycle) really is. Motorcyclists take up a small portion of the traffic landscape, so their visual recognition is naturally reduced and it is easy for other motorists to not see them, especially if the car or truck driver is traveling at high speeds.

Poor Road Conditions

Poor weather and road conditions, such as wet roads, potholes, bumps and debris, are hazardous to motorcyclists, whose tires cling more tenuously to the road. Also, because motorcyclists lean into turns, these road and weather conditions can affect their safety.

Vehicle Defects

Flaws in the design or manufacturing of a motorcycle can make certain models predisposed to malfunction and more likely to cause an accident. If a manufacturer or retailer fails to notify owners of a flaw in the design of their motorcycle, they could be held responsible for an accident.

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If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, Chiaf Law would like to speak with you. Our motorcycle accident attorneys in Oklahoma City can determine whether you are eligible for compensation for your injuries. The money you receive could help pay for medical bills stemming from your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means if you don’t win your case, we don’t get paid.

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