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66% of Motorcycle Crashes Are Caused by Cars

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Many people are quick to blame bikers for all motorcycle crashes. The facts, however, tell a different story.

What Causes Motorcycle Crashes?

Approximately two-thirds (or 66%) of multiple-vehicle motorcycle crashes are caused by a car or truck violating a motorcycle’s right of way. This often happens when a motorist does not check their blind spot before changing lanes or when a motorist makes a left-hand turn when they do not have right of way.

And, sadly, it is often the motorcyclist who suffers the most from this negligence. Motorcycles offer much less protection than a car or a truck, so most motorcycle crashes result in catastrophic or fatal injuries for the biker. In fact, 98% of multiple-vehicle collisions result in some kind of injury to the motorcycle rider.

Can You Prevent Motorcycle Crashes?

Given the high likelihood of injury from a motorcycle crash, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent your chances of a wreck. While not fool-proof, taking the following measures while riding your motorcycle can greatly reduce the likelihood of a motorcycle crash:

  • Ride defensively. Never assume a car or truck’s driver can see you. Make sure you make your presence known by using your headlights and signaling appropriately when changing lanes. Also, do not engage in lane splitting. Along with being illegal in every state except California, lane splitting is extremely dangerous.

  • Ride smart. Always ride at the posted speed limit and give the vehicle in front of you enough space so you can brake in the event of sudden traffic changes. Never ride your motorcycle while intoxicated.

Injured in a Motorcycle Crash? We’re Here to Help

If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys can protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you need for medical bills and lost wages. We have protected motorcyclists’ rights across the state, and we’re here for you, too.

Contact Lanier Law Group, P.A. at (855) 757-4204 to schedule a free consultation.

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