Motorcyclists and bicyclists have several things in common. They are both riding two-wheeled vehicles that are smaller, less visible, and less stable than passenger cars. They both lack the protection of an enclosed vehicle and are vulnerable to serious injuries in a collision.
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Many bicycle and motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers who fail to see the bike in the road or fail to yield the right-of-way. Common causes of motorcycle and bicycle crashes include:
- Negligent left turns: This is a leading cause of motorcycle accidents. Drivers executing left turns at intersections turn into the path of oncoming bikes.
- Distracted driving: This negligent driving behavior plays a role in many motorcycle and bicycle accidents. Drivers distracted by their phones are more likely to cause a collision.
- Unsafe lane changes: Motorcycles and bicycles are smaller and less visible than cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. Drivers who fail to signal and perform a head check before switching lanes can hit bikes in their blind spots.
- Tailgating: This is dangerous driving behavior under any circumstances. When a driver following too closely behind a motorcycle or a bicycle causes a rear-end collision, it can have deadly consequences.
Bicycle deaths have increased by 44% in the past decade, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). In 2020, 1,260 people died in bicycle accidents in the U.S. A total of 5,579 motorcyclists were killed in 2020, accounting for 14% of all traffic fatalities, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
If you were injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Ofelia Markarian Law Group, PLLC at (725) 999-4050. We can also be reached by submitting an online form here.