As a driver who shares the road with motorcyclists, there are some things here that we can do to keep from being the cause of many of these accidents.

While those in automobiles don't cause the all motorcycle accidents, we do play a major role. There are many things we can stay mindful of, behind the wheel, that will save many lives on motorcycles (and other vehicles).

The following are the 10 most common causes of motorcycle accidents.

The 10 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

1. Unsafe lane changes

A driver risks colliding with a motorcyclist when he or she fails to check his or her blind spot or signal when changing lanes.

2. Car doors

Some motorcycle accidents occur when a driver opens the door of their parked vehicle in the path of an oncoming motorcycle.

3. Speeding

A leading cause of all types of auto accidents, speeding reduces a vehicle’s chance of seeing and reacting to other drivers in time to prevent a collision. The higher the speed, the greater the impact and the more severe the consequences.

4. Driving under the influence

Drivers who cause accidents because they were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face both civil and criminal liability.

5. Lane splitting

Driving between two lanes of traffic is called “lane splitting.”

6. Sudden stops

Rear-end accidents resulting from following too closely or an abrupt stop can result in serious injury or death to a motorcyclist.

7. Inexperienced drivers

Inexperienced drivers are likely to make unsafe moves on the road that could compromise the safety of other motorists.

8. Left turn accidents

Right of way errors or misjudgments of distance while making a left turn are common causes of injury and death to motorcycle riders.

9. Dangerous road conditions

Crumbling pavement, potholes, debris, and a lack of necessary signals and signs can all increase a motorcycle rider’s chances of losing control of his or her vehicle.

10. Motorcycle defects

The manufacturer of a poorly designed or manufactured motorcycle part can be held liable for any injuries or deaths arising from use of the defective part.

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