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Understanding motorcycle accident causes and injuries

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents |

As summer approaches, more motorcycle riders will be out on the road. Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries and there are helpful reminders both for riders and drivers on the road to help prevent them.

Common accident causes

One of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents is driver error. Driver errors can include a failure to pay attention to the road, failing to signal when changing lanes, or not watching for motorcycles. Drivers can also cause accidents when they are speeding, driving recklessly or if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The road itself can also be hazardous to a motorcycle rider. If the road is not properly maintained and has potholes, uneven pavement, or loose gravel, that can cause an accident.

Serious injuries

Even minor accidents can cause serious injuries. A common injury is road rash, which is caused when the motorcycle rider contacts the road. Motorcycle accidents can also cause broken bones, head injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Wearing protective gear, like helmets, gloves, and leather jackets can help reduce injuries if a rider falls. It also helps for motorcycle riders to drive defensively. Injuries can have long-term effects, including significant medical expenses, lost wages and potential devastating disabilities.

If a rider has been in an accident, it’s important to first check for injuries and call for medical attention if needed. Riders should also exchange insurance information with the other rider or driver, document the accident with photos and record witness statements, if applicable.