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What are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

As warm weather approaches, the number of people riding motorcycles is due to greatly increase. However, due to the high speeds and natural exposure of a motorcycle, driving or riding on a motorcycle can be particularly dangerous and pose a risk for severe injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle. According to the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration, half of all motorcycle fatalities involve another vehicle, and motorcyclists are many times more likely to die in a traffic crash than someone in a vehicle. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to recovery by bringing a Georgia auto accident claim. The best way to get the compensation you deserve is to schedule a consultation with the experienced Peachtree City auto accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents are:

  • Negligence by the person driving the motor vehicle. This is the most common cause of motorcycle accidents, as motorists may not be paying reasonable attention to their surroundings before causing an accident with a motorcycle.
  • Alcohol – Drunk driving accidents affect motorcyclists as well as motorists.
  • Distracted Drivers – Distractions, especially cellphone-related ones, are becoming an increasingly serious problem on our roads today. Unfortunately, it is very easy for distracted motorists to become involved in collisions with motorcycles.
  • Visibility – Due to the nature of motorcycles, it can be easy for motorists to have difficulty seeing them if they are not operating their vehicle with reasonable care of their surroundings.
  • Excess Speed – Motorcycles are heavy and open to the air, thus creating a very serious risk of severe injuries when accidents happen at high rates of speed.
  • Defective or Faulty Parts – Because the risk of severe injuries for motorcyclists is so high, they are highly susceptible in crashes that are caused by defective or faulty parts on their motorcycles or on the vehicles involved in the accident.

Contact a Coweta County motorcycle accident attorney for a free consultation

If you or a loved one has sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our auto accident attorneys, please call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia