A motorcycle ride can be the highlight of your day! But, it’s important to have a healthy respect for the road, other vehicles, and the fact that your bike is much smaller than the average car. Discover five common causes of motorcycle accidents:

Motorcycle Accident Cause: Lane Splitting

Lane splitting occurs when a motorcyclist rides his bike between vehicles that are usually stopped. This allows him to get ahead of the traffic. However, it’s not uncommon for motorcyclists to maneuver through moving traffic, which can quickly become deadly. Because vehicle drivers do not expect a motorcycle to speed past their vehicle at a close proximity, it’s possible that the motorcycle is hit by the vehicle. In Georgia, lane splitting is illegal and should not be done for both safety and legal reasons.

Motorcycle Accident Cause: Construction Road Hazards

A construction site can quickly turn deadly for motorcyclists if the Department of Transportation has not safe-guarded the area. Pavement conditions, large machinery, and potholes are three of many elements of a construction site that must be handled properly to ensure safety for vehicle drivers and motorcyclists.

Motorcycle Accident Cause: Vehicles Turning Left

Roughly 4 out of 10 motorcycle accidents involve a vehicle turning left, striking the motorcyclist. This is very common because the driver either cannot see the motorcyclist approaching or is focusing on turning instead of the surrounding vehicles. Because of the motorcycle’s smaller size and speed, it may be more difficult to see and/or it approaches faster than expected.

Motorcycle Accident Cause: Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can alter a driver’s reaction time, decision making skills, and overall alertness. It is especially dangerous for a motorcyclist to engage in this activity, as if he strikes another vehicle or fixed object, he could be thrown from the motorcycle and killed. Whether it’s the motorcyclist or vehicle driver engaging in the DUI, it is extremely dangerous and should not be done.

Motorcycle Accident Cause: Speeding

If a motorcyclist speeds, it compromises several elements of the road – stoppage time, visibility, and controllability. Maintaining the speed limit can save a life!

Our Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help

Motorcycle accidents are far too common in Georgia. Our team of personal injury lawyers can seek compensation for you if you’ve been injured. Call us today to schedule a consultation: 478-987-1415