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The underlying causes between motorcycle collisions with automobiles are many. Sometimes, drivers claim that they never saw the motorcycle prior to impact. More often, they claim that the motorcyclist was speeding and they didn’t have time to react. This might be true in some cases; however, thorough crash site investigation often proves that such claims are untrue and that the motorcyclist was not at fault for the collision’s occurrence.
Crashes involving motorcycles and other vehicles account for more than half of all motorcycle accident deaths; and in these situations, more than three fourth of the time, the automobile makes impact with the motorcycle from the front. In fact, the single most dangerous situation for motorcyclists occurs when the driver of the automobile is attempting to make a left-hand turn. These collisions account for 42% of all collisions between motorcycles and automobiles.
Motorcyclists face additional dangers on the road, including each other. When riding in groups, it is not uncommon for drivers to collide with one another when attempting to take evasive action due to the actions of an automobile. These situations can certainly complicate determining who was at fault.
Colliding with fixed or stationary objects on or adjacent to the roadway accounts for nearly 25% of motorcyclist deaths. Due to the smaller size and less stable nature of the motorcycle, potholes, dead animals, slick pavement conditions, uneven heights between lanes, and other irregularities or unexpected objects in the road pose a serious safety threat to motorcycles. Determining liability in such situations can be difficult; however, prompt crash scene investigation can result in liability being established against the responsible party or parties.
High performance motorcycles account for a disproportionate number of motorcycle accidents. And riders of such high performance motorcycles seem to receive unfair treatment from the insurance industry. Furthermore, due in part to loud exhausts and smaller profiles, witnesses often times make unsupportable claims to investigating officers regarding estimated speeds prior to an accident’s occurrence. Once again, thorough crash scene investigation is crucial to establishing liability in such circumstances.